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  • image SM Adam volume 49/8

Reference number

SM Adam volume 49/8


[10] Design for a door frame, for the japanned room, c1762-63, possibly executed


Elevation of a door with composite pilaster piers ornamented with wreaths, calyx, a small cornucopia, and anthemia supporting a frieze of arabesques, anthemia and calyx, and with an overdoor panel of crowns, swords, festoons and bows


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Door for the Japanned Room at the Q House / NB The pilaster propos'd to project much as will receive the and more feint and illegible pencil annotations [all in pencil] Drawings of Doors / for the Queens House in a later hand [written across both Adam volumes 27/76 and 49/8 after they were pasted together]

Signed and dated

  • 1762-1763
    date range: 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (386 x 502)


Adam office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 35
Colvin, 1976, p. 137
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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