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  • image SM Adam volume 50/54

Reference number

SM Adam volume 50/54


[12] Alternative finished drawing for the saloon and sofa, 1771, unexecuted


Section through a room, showing a wall elevation, with a coved ceiling ornamented with anthemia, winged female figures holding festoons, urns, and surmounted by a band of Vitruvian scroll, and this is above a frieze of bound laurel leaves. There is a central apse, ornamented with fans and swags, and a semi-dome ornamented with a fan encircled by oval medallions connected by festoons. Within the apse is a sofa similar to Adam volume 6/153, but with spirally fluted legs, and incorporating cornucopia in the ornamentation to the back. The apse is flanked by doors, which have fluted Corinthian pilaster architraves, and are surmounted by masks flanked by swags, bands of laurel leaves, and overdoor urns supported by sphinxes


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Section of a Room for Sir George Colebrooke (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and pink on laid paper (595 x 513)


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


XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
Harris, 1963, pp. 53, 94
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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