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  • image SM Adam volume 6/57

Reference number

SM Adam volume 6/57


[50] Preliminary designs for a hanging lantern and a wall bracket with lantern, c1778, possibly executed


Elevation of a pendent glass lantern, with ornamentation of ribbons and arabesques for the ceiling fitting. The lantern is ornamented with gadrooning, beading, a band of enclosed anthemia and rams masks, and has a central oil lamp, suspended by a chain. Below, there is an elevation of a wall bracket supporting a glass lantern ornamented with gadrooning and festoons


to a scale


Earl Bathurst

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (234 x 381)


Robert Adam


Pencil drawing




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