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SM Adam volume 20/177


[28] Preliminary design for a girandole for the great drawing room (now the portico room), 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of a girandole composed of a central oval medallion enclosed within a wreath and surmounted by a tablet ornamented with rosettes and swags. The tablet supports a tripod, ornamented with ram masks and flanked by fauns supporting festoons of husks. The medallion has an apron consisting of calyx, an enclosed rosette and a tubular flower, and it is flanked by a pair of urns, each supporting candle branches


bar scale of 1 ¼ inches to 1 foot


For the Great Drawing room for Apsley House

Signed and dated

  • January 1778
    Adelphi / 31st Janry 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (242 x 405)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, p. 57
Harris, 2001(b), p. 100
Lea, 2005, p. 11
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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