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  • image SM Adam volume 50/58

Reference number

SM Adam volume 50/58


[3] Design for one wall for the first scheme for the eating parlour (later the ball room), 1771, unexecuted


Section through a room with a segmental vault, showing the segmental end of the vault ornamented with a medallion, flanked by urns on turned pedestals, and winged half putti and rinceaux, and enclosed within a border of Vitruvian scroll with foliage, and the wall has a large central rectangular ruinscape, with an apron of festoons, flanked by doors, surmounted by rectangular overdoor figurative panels (verso) feint pencil-drawn wall elevation of the window wall of the parlour


bar scale of 4 inches to 10 feet


Section of one End of the Parlor for the Earl of Bective (for the Earl of Bective in the hand of William Adam) / Light Pink / Light Green / £9/10. each / Dark Pink / Light Green / Dark Green / White / Dark Green and some measurements given (verso) 2 / 2 / 41 (in pencil) / Eating room for the Earl of Bective / Section of the Window Side of Parlor for E Bective (in pencil and referring to a feint pencil-drawn elevation below)

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (544 x 380)


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


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1973, note to pl. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 179
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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