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image SM Adam volume 17/212

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SM Adam volume 17/212


[23] Design for a clothes press for Lady Coventry's bedroom, 1764, executed and then altered


Elevation of a tripartite clothes press divided by four tapered terms ornamented with garlands in the lower portion. The basement level panels are ornamented with panels of strigillation. The doors of the clothes press are ornamented with panels of griffons, arabesques and vases. There is a frieze of anthemia and an attic section ornamented with rosettes and a fret motif. The press is surmounted by a vase above each term


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 1 foot


Cloaths Press for The Earl of Coventry

Signed and dated

  • October 1764
    2d Oct 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian yellow and sepia on laid paper (291 x 312)


Differing Adam office hands, possibly Robert Adam or George Richardson


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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