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This and 24 other objects are a part of a set whose first object is Book (England).

Object Timeline

1981

  • We acquired this object.

2022

Bound Print, Interior View of the Library at Sion [Syon] House

This is a bound print. It was designed by Robert Adam and published by Priestley and Weale. It is dated 1822 and we acquired it in 1981. Its medium is engraving on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This print depicts the library or “Long Gallery” at Syon House in London, a masterpiece of British neoclassicism designed by Robert Adam in the 1760s. Adam relied on several collaborators, many of whom were Italian immigrants. Payment records show that Pergolesi was responsible for painting the 62 pilasters—tall flat columns that run vertically up the walls. He decorated them with flowers and scrolling leafy decoration called “rinceaux,” a style of ornament emulating ancient Roman designs. The room still exists today.

It is credited Museum purchase from the Smithson Fund.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 66.7 × 97.2 × 17.8 cm (26 1/4 in. × 38 1/4 in. × 7 in.)

Cite this object as

Bound Print, Interior View of the Library at Sion [Syon] House; Designed by Robert Adam (British, 1728–1792); Published by Priestley and Weale; England; engraving on paper; H x W x D: 66.7 × 97.2 × 17.8 cm (26 1/4 in. × 38 1/4 in. × 7 in.); Museum purchase from the Smithson Fund; 1981-36-3-2

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