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image SM Adam volume 17/189

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/189

Purpose

[81] Finished drawing for a carpet for the Etruscan dressing room, 1775

Aspect

Plan of a rectangular carpet, with a central rosette, encircled by acanthus leaves, fret, anthemia and calyx, all within an x-shaped arrangement, framed by festoons, urns, putti riding sphinxes, and in each corner a patera, encircled by petals, guilloche, and anthemia enclosed within guilloche, and with rectangular bordering compartments divided by bands of lozenges, containing anthemia enclosed within fans, and festoons, and with a fringed edge

Scale

bar scale of 7/10 inch to one foot

Inscribed

Design of a Carpet for the Etruscan Dressing Room at Osterly

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 11t Octr 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including yellow ochre, black and verdigris on laid paper (597 x 442)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, p. 51
Stillman, 1966, p. 75
Harris, 2001, p. 179
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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