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SM Adam volume 27/30


[11] Preliminary design for the walls and ceiling of the private dressing room, 1774, unexecuted


Ceiling plan and laid out wall elevations of a rectangular room with a barrel vault, and apsidal ends containing niches, and the barrel vault is ornamented with a roundel enclosed within a wreath and four vesica-shaped medallions, and festoons, and the apses contain fans, and their niches have fan semi-domes. One of the long walls contains a door, and the other has a tripartite window, articulated by Ionic columns, and the one visible apsidal wall contains a chimneypiece, with an overmantel mirror frame, flanked by urn-filled niches


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


Interior of Lady Fiztroys Dressing room

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (421 x 478)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 134
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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