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SM Adam volume 17/193


[2] Design for a carpet for the drawing room, 1775


Plan of a circular carpet, set within the plan of a rectangular room with segmental bows on each long end. The carpet has a central rosette, encircled by a fan enclosing anthemia, a band of Vitruvian scroll, rosettes and festoons, and with a border of rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight wreaths


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Carpet for the Great Drawing room at Saxham House

Signed and dated

  • December 1775
    Adelphi December 1st 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including terre verte and pink on laid paper (583 x 437)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
Harris, 1963, Index p. 50
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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