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image SM Adam volume 17/99

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SM Adam volume 17/99


[36] Working drawing for a chair back possibly for the great drawing room (now the portico room), 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of ornamentation for an oval chair back, with a central patera enclosed within wreaths of husks and flora. The patera has an apron of beading which suspends rosettes. All of this is enclosed within a further wreath of tubular flowers, calyx and husks To the left - Elevation of ornamentation for a chair arm, with a central paetra, calyx and flora


to a scale


Back of Chair for Lady Bathurst

Signed and dated

  • April 1778
    Adelphi / April 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, olive green and verdigris on laid paper (439 x 514)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


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.



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