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image SM Adam volume 14/140

Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/140


[3] Design for a wall for the great dining room, presumed to have been executed, August 1780


Elevation of a wall, with one door with a frame ornamented with sphinxes. The wall is ornamented with a figurative panel, medallions, urns, drops, festoons, and a frieze of sphinxes and urns


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


feint pencil inscriptions, one of which reads Orange

Signed and dated

August 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, and coloured washes including olive green and Naples yellow on laid paper (410 x 310)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Stillman, 1966, p. 78
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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