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SM Adam volume 5/46


[37] Preliminary design for a carpet for the eating room, 1780, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular carpet, with a space for a hearth slab, divided into nine octagonal compartments by vines. The central compartment contains a rosette encircled by a fan, and the side compartments show two alternatives of either a basket of flowers, or a panel containing winged putti or a lion and unicorn. The corner compartments contain enclosed rosettes, and the whole has a border of lozenges enclosing rosettes


to a scale


Slab. the size to be taken (in pencil) and some dimensions given (in pencil) and with a signature and title inscription almost entirely cropped away

Signed and dated

  • 1780
    datable to 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (394 x 318)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, Index p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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