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SM Adam volume 17/187


[49] Finished drawing for a carpet for the tapestry room, 1775


Plan of a rectangular carpet, with the hearth cut out, and with a central patera enclosed within bands of Vitruvian scroll, and laurel leaves, within an oval band intertwined with foliage emanating from four baskets, and with a patera, fan, enclosed rosettes and a band of Vitruvian scroll in each corner, and with a border of enclosed rosettes, and anthemia within scrolled hearts


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Carpet for the Tapestry Room at Osterly / Messrs Hoffman (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • July 1775
    Adelphi / 8t July 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow and pink on laid paper (477 x 443)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, p. 51
Stillman, 1966, p. 75
Harris, 2001, p. 173
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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