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SM Adam volume 50/42


[13] Finished drawing for the dressing room, 1764-65, unexecuted


Laid out wall elevations for a rectangular room, with two windows, with a rectangular pier glass, and one side wall contains a single door, and opposite is a central chimneypiece with a fluted frieze, a rectangular overmantel mirror frame, and a bookcase surmounted by a bust within an arched recess to the right-hand side of the chimneypiece, and otherwise the walls are ornamented with panels


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Section of a Dressing Room for Mr Sargent (in feint pencil) / Dressing Room for John Sargent Esqr (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1764-1765
    date range: 1764-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (734 x 645)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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