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SM Adam volume 49/44


[49] Working drawing for a table possibly for the bedchamber, c1779, possibly executed


Full sized detail of an elevation of a table with a ball foot and tapering, fluted leg ornamented with a twining garland of husks and bands of enclosed rosettes. The capital contains an enclosed patera and calyx, and the frieze is ornamented with urns and tubular flowers. There is an apron of ribbons and festoons of husks. Above this the table slab edge is ornamented with a band of vine leaves flanked by bands of beading


full size


Table for Lady Bathurst Apsley House (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including olive green, Indian yellow and pink on laid paper (486 x 735)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, p.57
Harris, 2001(b), p. 101
Lea, 2005, p. 12
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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