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SM Adam volume 8/105


[13] Alternative preliminary design for a carpet for the great room, c1767


Plan showing three alternative patterns for a carpet. Half is composed of guilloche and a lozenge motif border. One quarter is roll work scrolls, and a border of guilloche, and the final quarter is a large scale roll work scroll, with the same guilloche border


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (491 x 337)


Robert Adam


Stillman, 1966, pp. 107-8
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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