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SM Adam volume 50/53


[6] Design and finished drawing for a book room, 1771, unexecuted


Section through a room, showing a wall elevation, being a three-bay window wall, with a coved ceiling, and with a rough pencil-drawn desk and bookcase on one of the piers, and a band of unlobed acanthus leaves above the windows, and Vitruvian scroll at the top of the cove


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Side of Library or Book room at Sir Geo. Colebrooke's (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / 1:10 deep to Sash (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (494 x 592)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or William Hamilton, with pencil-drawn annotations in the hand of Robert Adam, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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