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SM Adam volume 17/156


[60] Finished drawing for the state bed, 1775


Elevation of four-poster, domed canopy bed, with paired fluted posts on pedestals, surmounted by winged griffons, enclosed anthemia crockets, and an ornamental dome, and with a tester of tassels and lambrequins ornamented with arabesques, oak leaves, and poppies, hanging below a bed rail of guilloche, and with a head board composed of putti flanking a portrait medallion, surmounted by dolphins, and with a pencil-drawn plan in the bottom left-hand corner


bar scale of 1 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Bed for Robert Child Esqr and some measurements (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • October 1775
    Adelphi Oct. 11t. 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (367 x 518)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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



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