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SM Adam volume 35/15


[28] Finished drawing for the library (now the old library), 1765-68, as executed


Laid out wall elevations for a rectangular room, with a coved ceiling ornamented with a band of Vitruvian scroll, Maltese crosses, rosettes, and arabesques, and with three windows on the north wall, articulated by Ionic pilasters, and with bookcases on the window piers. There is a chimneypiece on the south wall opposite, with a rectangular figurative overmantel, and within an arched recess, articulated by paired Ionic pilasters, and flanked by bookcases, also in arched recesses, and surmounted by busts and urns. The east and west end walls each has a door, surmounted by urns and busts, within a recessed arch, with two bookcases beside the door, the furthest of which is within a recessed arch, and surmounted by urns and busts, and each element is articulated by Ionic pilasters. The room has a frieze of rosettes, and festoons


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design for finishing the Library at Gawthorpe House in Yorkshire The Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esquire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1765-68
    date range: 1765-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (593 x 520)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


LVG and a fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and SEI YRADDLIIIVI


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Mauchline, 1992, p. 70
Leach and Pevsner, 2009, p. 302
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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