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image SM Adam volume 52/62

Reference number

SM Adam volume 52/62

Purpose

[17] Preliminary design for door panels, possibly for the drawing room, 1775, unexecuted

Aspect

Rough elevation of a tripartite door panel. The lowest panel is ornamented with a drop composed of winged griffons, tripods, medallions and festoons. The middle panel is ornamented with a drop composed of calyx, arabesques, rosettes, anthemia, winged sphinxes, ram masks, enclosed masks and wreaths. The top panel contains a central enclosed urn within a wreath, and flanked by lanterns (verso) rough pencil-drawn preliminary design for a jug

Scale

not to scale

Inscribed

Three pannels for th D. of Northumberland Doors, Northd House

Signed and dated

Adelphi 22d Febry 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (184 x 320)

Hand

Robert Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Harris, 2001, p. 345
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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