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SM Adam volume 50/46


[12] Record drawing for the library, c1766, unexecuted


Laid out wall elevations for a rectangular library, with a three-bay window wall, articulated by Doric pilasters, and with bookcases in the window piers, and with a central chimneypiece opposite, with volute stiles, and a rectangular overmantel mirror frame, flanked by bookcases, and doors with roundel overdoors, all articulated by Doric pilasters, and the sidewalls are also articulated by Doric pilasters, and have a door to one side, with a roundel overdoor, and bookcases beside, and the whole room has a frieze of anthemia, and acanthus leaves, above a sub-frieze of festoons, and rosettes


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Section of Lord Cliffords Library at Ugbrooke (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1766
    datable to c1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (592 x 493)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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