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SM Adam volume 35/18


[35] Finished drawing for the study (now the China room), 1765-68


Plan and laid out wall elevations of a rectangular room, with one window within a relieving arch in the north wall, and with a bookcase surmounted by a figurative lunette, within a relieving arch, opposite on the south wall. There is a central chimneypiece on the east wall, with a rectangular figurative overmantel, flanked by doors, and with a figurative lunette, flanked by roundels in the upper register, and opposite on the west wall is a bookcase surmounted by a figurative lunette, within a reliving arch, flanked by doors, and with two figurative roundels in the upper register. The room has a frieze of rinceaux


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Section of Study for Edwin Lascelles Esqr at Gawthorp and some dimensions given (verso) No 9 / Mr Lascelles and there is more inscribed here but the sheet has been cropped and only the top fragment of the letters remains

Signed and dated

  • 1765-68
    date range: 1765-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (591 x 503)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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