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Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/139


[5] Record drawing for a wall for the great dining room, presumed to have been executed, August 1780


Elevation of a five-bay window wall, with three bays containing curtain cornices. The two end bays are screened by fluted and barbed Corinthian columns, and there is a frieze of sphinxes and urns


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 03/08/1780
    3d August 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including yellow ochre and black on laid paper (409 x 627)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Stillman, 1966, p. 78
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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