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image SM Adam volume 17/5

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SM Adam volume 17/5


[7] Design for a table for the gallery, 1765, as executed


Elevation of a tripod table with paw feet, a pedestal ornamented with enclosed rosettes, a stretcher ornamented with Vitruvian scroll, and acanthus leaves, legs ornamented with cusped coin moulding enclosing anthemia, ram masks, and a table rail ornamented with fluting, Vitruvian scroll, and an apron of rosettes and festoons, and with a pencil-drawn lunette-shaped plan of the table top on the right-hand side


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Table frame for Sir Lawrence Dundas Baronet / L Dundas (in pencil) / (and in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson) Arlington Street / "To Design of a table frame / for Long room near the eating / Parlour" / RA Accts

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (419 x 280)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, with additional pencil inscriptions in the hand of Sir John Summerson


Harris, 1963, pp. 53, 65
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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