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SM Adam volume 50/68


[1] Design for the interior decoration of the great drawing room, 1768, as executed with alterations


Laid out wall elevations of a double-cube drawing room, including the cove. The cove is decorated with winged sphinxes and arabesques, the cornice with fluting and egg and dart, and the frieze with anthemia. The north wall contains three windows, the central a Venetian, separated by mirrors; the curtains are drawn up into cornices decorated with calyx. The other walls, with one door each in the east and west and two in the south, are decorated with paintings in gilded frames. The chimneypiece, doors and windows share the same format of Spalatro order pilasters, and friezes of alternating anthemia and calyx; the chimneypiece also has a tablet containing a tazza flanked by arabesques. The mirror frames on the west side are ovals suspended from animal masks, decorated with festoons held by terms; those on the east are plain rectangles


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Great Drawing Room at Saltram / Complete at Saltram (verso) John Parker Esqr Saltram

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes of pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (613 x 859)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 27
D. Stillman, 1966, pp. 80-1
Harris, 2001, pp. 234, 236
For full literature references see scheme notes.



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