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SM Adam volume 11/198


[4] Design for a wall panel in the upper portion of an arched recess, 1767


Elevation of a segmental compartment, with a segmental panel at the base containing an urn flanked by winged griffons with rinceau tails, enclosed within a bands of ornament, containing rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight foliage, and quadrilateral compartments divided by bands of cable moulding, and containing enclosed rosettes, encircled by circular frames of Vitruvian scroll, and with calyx and anthemia in each corner


bar scale of 7/8 inch to 1 foot


Design for finishing the End of the Room over the Cornice opposite to the Bow in the Earl of Fifes Great Room at Whitehall / Cornice / Tapestry

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    Robt Adam Architect 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (614 x 246)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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