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image SM Adam volume 41/70

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SM Adam volume 41/70


[10] Finished drawing for a pulpit for Mistley Church, c1776, as executed


Elevation of a raised pulpit, approached by curved steps with turned balusters, and ornamented with bands of gadrooning, anthemia and oak leaves. The balcony has Tuscan stiles, and is ornamented with a central panel containing crossed trumpets overlain by a book in relief, set within an oval, and surrounded by rosettes. This is flanked by further panels ornamented with pedestals supporting urns, bearing arabesques and anthemia. Above this there is a frieze of festoons and rosettes. The pulpit is surmounted by a pagoda canopy surmounted by a band of enclosed fluting, interspersed with anthemia forming corner crenellations, and ornamented with drop calyx suspending tubular flowers. The canopy is surmounted by an eagle, and is articulated with fluted pilasters ornamented with winged putti masks, and with capitals containing paterae, and a frieze of fluting


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Pulpit of Mistley Church (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (442 x 521)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 23



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