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SM Adam volume 17/157


[61] Finished drawing for the state bed, 1776, as executed


Elevation of a four-poster, domed canopy bed, with paired fluted posts on pedestals, surmounted by winged sphinxes, enclosed anthemia crockets, festoons, and an alternative ornamental dome, and with a tester of tassels and lambrequins ornamented with anthemia, wreaths, and enclosed rosettes, and with a head board composed of putti flanking a portrait medallion, surmounted by dolphins


bar scale of 1 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Bed for Robert Child Esqr

Signed and dated

  • May 1776
    Adelphi / 16t May 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including verdigris and Indian yellow on laid paper (321 x 589)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume I, p. 296; Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 99
Tomlin, 1972, p. 61
Beard, 1978, pp. 54, 66
Harris, 2001, p. 174
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953
In Pursuit of Antiquity: Drawings by the Giants of British Neo-Classicism, Sir John Soane's Museum, 1 February - 1 June 2008; Tchoban Foundation Museum für Architekturzeichnung, Berlin, 3 October 2015 - 14 February 2016

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