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SM Adam volume 17/145


[94] Record drawing for a fire screen embroidery design for the Etruscan dressing room, 1777, as executed


Elevation of a rectangular fire screen, with a central oval compartment containing an urn ornamented with ram heads, fluting, and Vitruvian scroll, and with calyx, tubular flowers, arabesques, rosettes, festoons, and figure-of-eight foliage enclosing calyx and tubular flowers, and with a triangular corner compartment containing arabesques, and a border of figure-of-eight ribbons enclosing tubular flowers


full size


Fire Screen for Mrs Child

Signed and dated

  • April 1777
    Adelphi / 14t April 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including yellow ochre, black and cerulean blue on laid paper (456 x 563)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume I, p. 296; Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 103
Tomlin, 1972, p. 80
Harris, 2010, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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