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SM Adam volume 17/82


[17] Design for a sofa, possibly for the Etruscan / octagonal dressing room, 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of a sofa, set within a niche, with four tapering legs with block feet. The legs are ornamented with drop calyx and capitals containg rosettes and the seat rail is ornamented with a band of anthemia alternating with calyx


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Sopha for The Earl of Bathurst / Copy part of this Sopha (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • April 1778
    Adelphi / 18th april 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including black and yellow ochre on laid paper (406 x 246)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963 pp 57, 95
Lea, 2005, p. 12
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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