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SM Adam volume 50/31


[2] Design for the library, 1758-63, unexecuted


Plan and laid out wall elevtions for a library with a two-bay window wall, each window within a relieving arch, and flanked by bookcases articulated by Ionic pilasters and within a segmental arch ornamented with festoons, and opposite are two large bookcases with small pediments, separated by paired Ionic pilasters, and each within a segmental arch, and adjacent to the two-bay window wall is a one-bay window wall, in the same arrangement with pilasters, bookcases and arches, and opposite is a chimneypiece, flanked by doors and Ionic pilasters, and underneath a segmental arch


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


Library at Fonthill the Seat of / William Beckford Esqr (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1758-1763
    Date range: 1758-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (591 x 492)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias or Laurent-Benoit Dewez, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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