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SM Adam volume 8/106


[18] Preliminary design for a scagliola table slab, possibly for the great room, c1767


Rough plan showing a detail of a rectangulartale slab, ornamented with guilloche containing rosettes, and rosettes enclosed within lozenges, and with a border of lozenges, alternating with half-rosettes


not to scale


There are a great many inscriptions in pencil on this drawing but many of them are rubbed out and smudged so as to make them illegible. Those that are legible read: Lord Coventry / Culor (sic) of the Table in Length & Breadth / Mr Adam had not time to fix the Colours of the Border / But thinks that need not Stop the Estimate from being made / Where that is fixt of the drawing is returned to Mr Adam he will Settle the other Parts of the Colouring

Signed and dated

  • c1767
    datable to c1767

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (339 x 334)


Robert Adam


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



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