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SM Adam volume 24/233


[107] Preliminary design for a work bag, 1776


Elevation of a work bag, ornamented with an urn containing flowers, enclosed by a wreath, and four enclosed rosettes, and framed by a boarder of beading, rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight wreaths, and a band of segmental enclosed rosettes


to a scale, possibly full sized


This to be Done on Grey Silk with / Tambore work - Mostly in the Etruscan / Style. Design for a Fire screen with a frame to it in the Style of / Lord Derbys - & about Same Size to be / Done in paper first & then the Lines / Marked upon the silk itself

Signed and dated

  • 1776
    datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (284 x 396)


Robert Adam


Harris, 1963, p. 51
Harris, 2010, p. 54
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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