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SM Adam volume 50/22


[18] Design for a dressing room for the adjoining bath, 1778, possibly executed


Plan and laid-out wall-elevations of a dressing room, with one wall forming a bow, with a central doorway flanked by full-height windows. Beyond this there are Doric columns and niches containing urns, with medallions set above. The opposite wall-elevation shows a central chimneypiece surmounted by an overmantel mirror frame. The frame has stiles ornamented with drop calyx, a frieze of swags, and is surmounted by an urn flanked by winged sphinxes. The chimneypiece is flanked by further niches containing urns, with medallions set above. Beyond this there are Doric columns and doorways. The end-wall elevations contain pedestals bearing statuary, set behind an Ionic screen, with a lunette above


bar scale of ¾ inch to 2 feet


Design for finishing the four sides of the Dressing room adjoining the Bath at Wormleybury. (and in the hand of William Adam) for Sir Abraham Hume / Plan of the room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Nov 1778
    Adelphi / 13. Nov. 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (588 x 482)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 226
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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