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  • image SM Adam volume 17/35

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/35


[30] Unfinished design for a commode for the great drawing room (now the portico room), 1778, possibly as executed


Elevation of a segmental commode with a tripartite front and tapering legs, ornamented with ox skulls, rosettes and drop of calyx. The capitals contain cameos and the frieze is ornamented with anthemia enclosed by semi-circular bands of beading. The central compartment is ornamented with a central figurative roundel enclosed within a wreath and flanked by portrait medallions, swags and arabesques. The central compartment is flanked by side compartments ornamented with a central patera enclosed within a wreath, and with ox skulls and festoons


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Commode for the second Drawing room at Apsley House

Signed and dated

  • October 1778
    Adelphi / 29. Oct. 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow, pink and olive green on laid paper (460 x 250)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Preliminary design for a commode, comparable to SM Adam volume 17/35. With central figurative medallion, portrait medallions, paterae, wreaths, ox skulls, and with tapered legs, to a scale, (pencil), inscription Commode for Lord Bathurst (pencil)


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, pp. 57, 76
Harris, 2001(b), p. 100
Lea, 2005, p. 12
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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