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image SM Adam volume 49/45

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SM Adam volume 49/45


[35] Working drawing for a segmental slab for the commode for the great drawing room (now the portico room), 1779, possibly executed


Plan of a detail of a segmental slab for a commode, ornamented with a frame containing calyx and with a boarder of beading, and beyond this a central medallion containing a putto and arabesques, this is flanked by oval medallions containing urns, and all ornamented with ribbons, beading and paterae, and the slab has a border of fret and calyx


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Top of Table for the Great drawing roomfor The Earl of Bathurst / Pink ground / Pink ground

Signed and dated

  • December 1779
    Adelphi / 20th Dec.r 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and olive green on laid paper (667 x 995)


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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