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  • image SM Adam volume 25/44

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SM Adam volume 25/44


[18] Design for door furniture for the great dining room in the Etruscan style, 1780-81


Elevation of alternative designs for door furniture. The first design is set within a pelta-shaped bracket, with double handles, a central foliate lock cover, and a border of beading. The second design has an oval lock, flanked on either side by handles


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Signed and dated

  • 1780-1781
    date range: 1780-1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including black and Naples yellow on laid paper (202 x 312)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


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