- Robert and James Adam office drawings
- Country houses
- Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire: designs for landscape architecture, alterations to the house, and interior design for Sir Nathaniel Curzon, 5th Baronet (created Lord Scarsdale 1761), 1759-72 (149)
- Country houses
During a discussion of this drawing Snodin suggested that the straight-sided top appears like a stone cinerary urn, though these do not usually have legs. The ancient model is therefore stone, and the massiveness of this design suggests the use of stone or carved wood. The high relief figures would be difficult to carry out in metal, except with cast and applied elements, as in Stuart's plate warmer. However, the handle on the top is small, suggesting the use of metal, but perhaps this is an early design, made with little thought for material.
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