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SM Adam volume 5/7


[26] Preliminary designs for door panels for a drawing room, c1779, possibly executed


To the left- Elevation of a panel ornamented with a curule table with an apron of swags, and surmounted by an urn flanked by winged sphinxes. Above this there is a cameo enclosed within a wreath of olive branches, and surmounted by a turned support bearing a further urn, flanked by swags and surmounted by an anthemion To the right- Elevation of a panel ornamented with a central roundel depicting putti, and with an apron of arabesques, drop calyx, tubular flowers, and a pendent oil lamp. Above the roundel, there is a turned support, which is flanked by mermaids and terminates in a tubular flower. This bears an urn ornamented with gadrooning, bands of lozenges and guilloche, ram masks, and festoons, all surmounted by calyx and flora


not to scale


Lower Pannel of Doors in Sr A Humes Drawing room / Middle panel of Doors in Sr A Humes Drawing room

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (509 x 670)


Robert Adam


V within a cartouche and a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1917, p. 6
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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