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SM Adam volume 43/4


[2] Finished drawing for the library, 1764, unexecuted


Section showing the apsidal (west) end of a room screened by fluted Spalatro columns and pilasters, with a medallion and figurative panels above the screen, and three niches containing a door, bookcases and busts within the apse, and with a caryatid chimneypiece on the right-hand wall, and arched windows on each side ornamented with octagonal coffering in the soffits


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


Section of one End of the Library for Kenwood / the Seat of Lord Mansfield

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    James Adam Archt 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink and Naples yellow washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (374 x 507)


James Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Stillman, 1966, p. 71
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 119
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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