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SM Adam volume 17/171


[45] Record drawing for a carpet for the drawing room, 1768, as executed


Plan of a tripartite rectangular carpet, divided by bands of fret into three squares. The central square contains a circular enclosing lozenges and a fan around a roundel, and the outer squares contain octagons enclosing lozenges and fans around roundels


bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 1 foot


Carpet for the Drawing room at Sion (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) Drawing room

Signed and dated

  • 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (980 x 474)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or J.P. Laurent, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


X&DBC within cartouche and D&C


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Harris, 1963, Index p. 52
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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