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SM Adam volume 17/219


[7] Finished drawing for a pier bookcase, probably for the book room, 1771, unexecuted


Elevation of a window pier, against which is a desk and bookcase, with drawers surrounding a knee-hole in the base, surmounted by double doors ornamented with rectangular compartments containing enclosed rosettes and calyx, and surmounted by a frieze of festoons and rosettes, and crowned by winged griffons, and festoons, flanking an oval medallion, surmounted by an anthemion


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 1 foot


Bookcase for Sir George Colebrooke Bart. / For G Colebrooke (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (368 x 535)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
Harris, 1963, pp. 53, 74
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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