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SM Adam volume 6/39


[12] Preliminary designs for a girandole and tripod, c1781


Left – Elevation of a girandole ornamented with a central figurative roundel, flanked by draped figures supporting candle branches. Below this there is a mirror in the form of a shield, ornamented with ram masks, and web-like fluting, all with an apron of festoons of calyx, and drop calyx enclosed within a wreath. Above the central roundel there is beading enclosed within figure-of-eight wreaths, and a rosette surmounted by an anthemion and flanked by swags Right – Elevation of a tripod with paw feet and sabre legs ornamented with ram masks, and this supports a vessel ornamented with gadrooning


not to scale


Henry Mr Drummond to be drawn at full size- / Same Terms as Sir A. Humes or with little variation-

Signed and dated

  • c1781

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (192 x 286)


Robert Adam


PRO PATRIA – Britannia


Harris, 1963, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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