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  • image SM Adam volume 27/34

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SM Adam volume 27/34


[31] Preliminary design for the interior of a room at Hulne Priory, 1778, unexecuted


Plan of the ceiling and laid out wall elevations of a rectangular room. The ceiling has a central square compartment, containing a rosette enclosed within a fan of trefoils, and with a border of enclosed rosettes; and this central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing triangles flanked by enclosed rosettes; and the whole has a border of triangles. The walls have a window on three sides, and a chimneypiece flanked by doors on the fourth side; and they are ornamented with rosettes enclosed within lozenges below the dado surmounted by a pattern of elongated hexagons, cameos, rosettes, pointed arched and fans. The chimneypiece is ornamented with sculpture-filled niches in the stiles, a pointed arches lining, and the mantel is surmounted by a tripartite pediment ornamented with trefoils, quatrefoils and crockets. The doors to either side have pyramidal frames, ornamented with quatrefoils and crockets


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot (although perhaps not applicable to this drawing as scale does not seem to fit with motifs)

Signed and dated

  • 1778
    datable to 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (699 x 566)


Robert Adam


The scale bar on this drawing does not seem to apply to the design, but as the scale bar is close to the roughly-cropped edge of the sheet, it is possible that it applies to another drawing which has been cropped away.


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