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image SM Adam volume 17/44

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/44

Purpose

[32] Unfinished design for a slab for the commode for the great drawing room (now the portico room), 1779, possibly executed

Aspect

Plan of a segmental slab for a commode ornamented with a band of calyx and foil. This is enclosed by a band of beading which suspends a central medallion ornamented with a half-putto and arabesques, and this is flanked by cameos depicting lekythoi. These are linked with swags and festoons of beading with pendent rosettes. The slab is bordered by a band of fret enclosing calyx

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

Slab for the Table in Great Drawing room at Apsley House / Wrong

Signed and dated

June 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and Indian yellow on laid paper (443 x 235)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison

Watermark

JWHATMAN

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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