Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [85] Design for an arm chair for the Etruscan dressing room, 1776


  • image SM Adam volume 17/96

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/96


[85] Design for an arm chair for the Etruscan dressing room, 1776


Perspective of a chair with square, tapered legs and block feet, ornamented with lion masks, rosettes, and bell flowers, a seat rail, and back ornamented with rosettes and bell flowers, arms in the form of winged griffons, a seat with a central rosette enclosed within a fan, and with a border of rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbon, and with an urn-shaped back splat, ornamented with fluting, gadrooning, a cameo, ram masks, fret, acanthus leaves, arabesques, anthemia, a small rectangular tablet containing a lion, and an enclosed rosette




A Design of a Chair for the Etruscan Dressing Room at Osterley

Signed and dated

  • January 1776
    Adelphi Janry 25t 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and sepia wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (356 x 500)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 95
Tomlin, 1972, p. 77
Harris, 2001, pp. 178-179
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953
Piranesi as Designer, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, 14 September 2007 - 27 January 2008; Teylers Museum, Haarlem, 9 February - 12 May 2008

Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).