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image SM Adam volume 17/218

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/218

Purpose

[4] Preliminary design for a cabinet, June 1771, executed with alterations

Aspect

Elevation of a tripartite cabinet, articulated by Doric and Ionic pilasters, arcaded on the lower register, ornamented with caryatids, urns, festoons, and arabesques, and containing mounts for eleven pietra dura landscape panels

Scale

bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design of a Cabinet for Her Grace The Duchess of Manchester / made to receive Eleven pieces of / Scagliola Landskips, the parts Shaded Yellow shew what may be gilt or done in Brass / in Or Moulu The plain parts may be executed in woods of Various kinds

Signed and dated

1t June 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and Indian yellow wash on laid paper (292 x 447)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
Harris, 1963, index p. 50
Harris, 2001, p. 195
www.collections.vam.ac.uk: The Kimbolton Cabinet (accessed 01/03/2012)
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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