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SM Adam volume 17/148


[95] Unfinished design for a tripod pole screen for the Etruscan dressing room, 1779, executed with alterations


Elevation of a tripod with paw feet and flutes, sabre legs, ornamented with acanthus leaves, surmounted by a stick ornamented with spiral fluting, gadrooning, flames, and topped by a pinecone, supporting a rectangular fire screen frame, surmounted by two winged putti, and with pencil-drawn annotations to the right-hand side, and inside the fire screen frame


bar scale of 4 inches to 1 foot


Firescreen for Mrs Child

Signed and dated

  • April 1779
    30t April 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including yellow ochre and black on laid paper (299 x 638)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 103
Tomlin, 1972, p. 81
Harris, 2001, pp. 178, 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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