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image SM Adam volume 32/104

Reference number

SM Adam volume 32/104

Purpose

[15] Design for the walls for the Etruscan / octagonal dressing room, 1775, possibly executed

Aspect

Elevation of a wall with a central chimneypiece set within a niche ornamented with vertical bands of beading and bands of enclosed rosettes. Above this a winged griffin is set within a semi-circular compartment with a border of beading, and all this is surrounded by a band of enclosed anthemia. The niche is flanked by a pair of doors with ornamental panels containing rosettes, tripods bearing anthemia, and urns with festoons. The cornice has a frieze of enclosed fluting and calyx and the overdoors form figurative tablets. The doors are flanked by further niches with a central rectangular panel ornamented with robed figures enclosed within a border of calyx, corner fans and a border of beading. Above this there are further winged griffins set within a semi-circular compartment with a borader of beading. Above all this there is a frieze of enclosed fluting and calyx

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

Section of a Room in Apsley House for the Lord Chancellor (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

Adelphi June 27th 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, Indian yellow, black on laid paper (489 x 313)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi with title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Watermark

LVG surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 43
Harris, 2001(a), p. 352, n.113
Harris, 2001(b), p. 101
Lea, 2005, p. 10
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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