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image SM Adam volume 17/47

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/47


[42] Unfinished design for a segmental table for Lady Bathurst’s dressing room / third drawing room, 1779, possibly executed


Part plan of a segmental table top ornamented with a patera enclosed within a fan. Beyond this there is a central figurative tablet, surmounted by an urn and with an apron of ribbons, festoons and a mask. This is flanked by ribbons and festoons with pendent roundels. The slab is bordered by a band flanked by further bands of beading Elevation of a table frame with Ionic, tapering legs. The capitals contain paterae and there is a frieze ornamented with paterae, anthemia and figrative medallions, and this has an apron of festoons


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Table frame & top for Lady Bathurst’s Dressing room

Signed and dated

  • June 1779
    19th June 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, cerulean and Indian yellow on laid paper (274 x 376)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Preliminary design for a table elevation comparable to SM Adam 17/47, (pen and pencil)




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



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