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Design and finished drawing for a clothes press for Lady Coventry's bedroom, 1764, executed and then altered (2)


Designed by Adam, the clothes press was made by John Cobb in 1766, and the carvings executed by Sefferin Alken. It was intended for Lady Coventry's bedroom, but found to be too large, so it was divided into two parts, and placed in the lobby at the head of the main stairs to either side of the door into the bedroom. Both clothes presses were sold in October 1765, and one is now in the possession of the V&A Museum.

According to Adam's bill sent to Lord Coventry, he made his design for the clothes press in June 1765, charging £7.7s. for the drawing, and a further £2.2s. for a working drawing which does not survive. Further to this, Adam billed £1.10s. for a design to alter the clothes press, made in May 1767, presumably when it became apparent that the original piece was too large.



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