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SM Adam volume 17/67


[11] Design for a pedestal and urn, 1781


Elevation of a tapering pedestal raised on a plain socle and ornamented with tablets containing lion masks, set within a roundel and encircled by a band of laurel-leaf tips, and with an apron of guttae. This all supports an urn, ornamented with gadrooning and festoons of beading, and surmounted by an acorn


bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 1 foot


For Henry Drummond Esq.r

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1781
    Adelphi / 12. Janry 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (235 x 431)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
Harris, 1963, p. 55, 102-3, pl. 143
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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