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image SM Adam volume 6/163

Reference number

SM Adam volume 6/163

Purpose

[16] Alternative preliminary designs for chairs for the Etruscan / octagonal dressing room, c1778, possibly executed

Aspect

To the left - Elevation of a chair with tapering legs and ball feet. The seat rail is ornamented with a band of enclosed anthemia and the seat back with rosettes and further anthemia. The top rail contains a central medallion To the right - Elevation of a chair with straight, fluted legs and block feet. The seat rail is ornamented with a band of enclosed rosettes(?), and the seat back with a band of lozenges, anthemia, lozenges enclosing paterae, foil enclosing rosettes and drop calyx

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

Lady Bathurst’s Etruscan Room

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (181 x 135)

Hand

Probably
Robert Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, p. 57
Lea, 2005, p.12
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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