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SM Adam volume 39/68


[11] Design for the great room, 1763, as executed


Laid out wall elevations for a rectangular room with a coved ceiling, and with a four-bay window wall, with a single oval pier glass, and ornamental curtain cornices, with two doors, picture frames and grotesque panels on the wall opposite, and chimneypieces flanked by doors on the side walls, and ornamented with picture frames and grotesque panels. The cove of the ceiling on one side wall is ornamented with octagonal coffering, and on another is annotated in pencil with arabesques and medallions


to a scale


Section of a Room for the Earl of Shelburne at Bowood (in the hand of William Adam) and some dimensions in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1763
    datable to 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (917 x 661)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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