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SM Adam volume 50/32


[3] Design for the parlour, 1758-63, unexecuted


Plan and laid out wall elevations for a rectangular room with a two-bay window wall, with the windows within deep, segmental relieving arches, adjacent to a one-bay window wall, with the window within a segmental relieving arch, and with a chimney wall opposite, with the chimneypiece within a segmental relieving arch, and opposite the two-bay window wall is a wall with two doors, surmounted by roundel overdoors, and with each door within a deep, segmental relieving arches


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


Parlour at Fonthill the Seat of / William Beckford Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1758-1763
    Date range: 1758-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (586 x 493)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias or Laurent-Benoit Dewez, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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