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SM Adam volume 14/114


[8] Design for the library, 1767, executed with minor alterations


Section of a rectangular room with a three-bay chimney (north) wall, apsidal ends screened by fluted Corinthian columns, and a compartmental barrel-vaulted ceiling, with a central chimneypiece surmounted by a figurative overmantel painting, flanked on either side by a sofa in an arched recess lined with a tripartite mirror. Variant designs for the sofas and recess either side of the chimneypiece. The apses are lined with bookcases surmounted by rectangular figurative panels. There is a frieze of lions and deer skulls, and the ceiling ornamented with a band of anthemia and tubular flowers, arabesques, medallions, and rectangular and lunette-shaped figurative panels


bar scale of 3 1/2 inches to 1 foot


2 Kenwood (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (610 x 433)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1963, pp. 79-80
Stillman, 1966, p. 71
Beard, 1978, p. 62
Bryant, 1990, p. 18
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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