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SM Adam volume 43/3


[1] Finished drawing for the library, 1764, unexecuted


Section through a rectangular room with a three-bay chimney (north) wall, compartmental segmental vaulted ceiling, and three-bay apsidal ends, and with a small ante room to the left-hand side containing a sculpture-filled niche. The central bay contains a caryatid chimneypiece and rectangular figurative overmantel within a relieving arch. Each bay is articulated by a relieving arch, and the chimneypiece is flanked by bays containing bookcases surmounted by busts and urns. The ceiling is ornamented with arabesque and figurative panels and medallions


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


Design for finishing one side of the Library for Kenwood House in Middlesex. The Seat of The Right Honble Lord Mansfield (verso) 3 / 3

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    James Adam Archt 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink and Naples yellow washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (892 x 361)


James Adam


IHS IVILLEDARY and LVG surmounted by fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Stillman, 1966, p. 71
Bryant, 1990, p. 18
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 119
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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