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SM Adam volume 50/85


[3] Design for one end of an unknown room, c1768-87, thought to have been executed


Plan and wall elevation for one side of a room, and the plan is drawn over antoher plan, and the wall is composed of a central chimneypiece, with a pointed lining, fluted and banded engaged column stiles, and a frieze of enclosed segmental rosettes, and this is set within a narrow recess with a pointed arched head, ornamented with a fan of trefoils, and this is flanked by wider, deeper recessed, with segmental heads, also ornamented with fans of trefoils


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Section for Sir William Pulteney (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 3 / Section for Me Pulteney Shrewsbury Castle / Wm Pulteney Esqr / [cropped] design belonging to a Great room in Shrewsbury Castle / From No 99

Signed and dated

  • 1767-87
    date range: 1767-87

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (453 x 278)


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


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 181
Williams, 2016, p. 73
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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