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  • image SM Adam volume 5/24

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SM Adam volume 5/24


[46] Preliminary design for the upper door panel, possibly for the great drawing room, c1779, possibly executed


Elevation of an ornamental panel with a central rosette enclosed within roundels, with aprons of arabesques and of swags suspending an urn and further rosettes. The outer roundel is surmounted by a lion mask, and flanked by ribbons and festoons of beading, which suspend rosettes surrounded by thyrsi


not to scale


upper pannel in Door of Sr A Hume’s Drawing room

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper within a single ruled border and cross section (270x 334)


Robert Adam




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



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