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SM Adam volume 17/166


[5] Finished drawing for a carpet for the dressing room, c1766


Plan of a square carpet, with a large central circular compartment, containing a rosette, enclosed by a fan, encircled by calyx and anthemia, and set within a circular frame ornamented with Greek crosses and octagons enclosing rosettes, and beyond the circular compartment is an oval Chinoiserie-style medallion in each corner, and the carpet has a border composed of a band of enclosed anthemia, and a band of festoons


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Carpet for Mrs Montagu

Signed and dated

  • c1766
    datable to c1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washed including Prussian blue, Indian red and Indian yellow on laid paper (403 x 461)


Adam office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
Stillman, 1966, p. 99
Harris, 1963, Index p. 56
Beard, 1978, p. 61
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 312
Eger, 2008, p. 27
Pullins, 2008, p. 401
Aymonino, 2013, p. 32
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings, National Portrait Gallery, London, 13 March - 15 June 2008
Paper Palaces: the Topham Collection as a source for British Neo-Classicism, The Verey Gallery, Eton College, 16 May - 1 November 2013
Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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