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SM Adam volume 17/141


[90] Finished drawing for a fire screen embroidery design for the Etruscan dressing room, 1776


Elevation of a rectangular fire screen ornamented with an eagle holding a snake in its beak, within an oval medallion of laurel leaves, supported by a pedestal ornamented with Vitruvian scroll, a festoon, an enclosed rosette, anthemia, and ram heads, and supporting a basket. To either side - and attached to the pedestal by a festoon - in an urn supporting a drop of calyx, arabesques, anthemion, tubular flowers, a tablet containing a putti and bird, winged griffons, a further urn, tubular flowers and anthemia. There is a border of enclosed rosettes, and enclosed fans


full size


Fire Screen for Mrs Child

Signed and dated

  • November 1776
    Adelphi 13t Novr 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including yellow ochre, black and cerulean blue on laid paper (460 x 515)


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. 81
Beard, 1978, p. 58
Harris, 2001, p. 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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