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SM Adam volume 27/89


[51] Preliminary design for the walls for the third drawing room, 1780-85, unexecuted


Elevation of a five-bay window wall, with three windows, and two doors in the end bays. One window is surmounted by a curtain cornice, containing a medallion, and a reclining female figure. The walls are ornamented with Corinthian pilasters, large oval panels, and a pier table surmounted by a candelabrum, and a pier glass mirror frame


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Window side of third Drawing room Cumberland House

Signed and dated

  • 1780-1785
    date range: 1780-85

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (393 x 601)


Robert Adam


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



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