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image SM Adam volume 52/154

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SM Adam volume 52/154


[109] Preliminary design for an embroidery design for a circular pole screen, 1779, unexecuted


Plan of a circular embroidery design for a pole screen, with a central buch of flowers enclosed within a wreath, and set within circular frames of enclosed anthemia, and cable moulding, and encircled by figure-of-eight wreaths, and with a border of lozenges


rough bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Divisions or fillets / of Orange Colour with & Natural flower &c upon which silk - / for Mrs Child / No Grounds and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (191 x 204)


Robert Adam


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