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image SM Adam volume 6/185

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SM Adam volume 6/185


[21] Preliminary design for door furniture, 1778, as executed


Elevation of door furniture consisting of a rosette enclosed within a wreath with an apron of beading forming festoons and a wreath enclosing a satyr mask. Below this there is a ribbon suspending a tubular flower, and all this is flanked by swags (in pencil)


not to scale


Lock furniture for the folding doors at Apsley House

Signed and dated

  • June 1778
    Adelphi / 1st June 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (234 x 193)


Robert Adam


Pencil drawing, figure in profile


Lea, 2005, p.12
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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