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SM Adam volume 50/40


[2] Finished drawing for the dining room, 1764-65, unexecuted


Plan and laid out wall elevations for a room with a canted three-bay window wall, with two oval pier glasses, a central door in the wall opposite, with a volute architrave, and a frieze of arabesques, surmounted by an overdoor panel containing winged griffons, and with panelling either side, and with a chimneypiece with volute stiles on one side wall, surmounted by a roundel overmantel, and with panelling to either side, and a panelled wall opposite, and the whole room has a fluted dado, and a frieze of urns, anthemia, and calyx


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Dining Room for John Sargent Esquire (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Downing Street (in pencil in the hand of A.T. Bolton) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1764-1765
    Robt Adam Archt and date range: 1764-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, and yellow and sepia washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (828 x 646)


Adma office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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