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image SM Adam volume 6/26

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SM Adam volume 6/26


[18] Preliminary design for a girandole for the drawing room, c1779, possibly executed


Elevation of a girandole, formed with a central tablet ornamented with rosettes, ribbons and festoons, flanked by branches bearing oil lamps, and surmounted by arabesques bearing an urn. The urn is ornamented with gadrooning, festoons, a band of Vitruvian scroll, and ram masks, and is surmounted by an anthemion and an arched band of calyx. The tablet has an apron consisting of a figurative roundel, olive branches, festoons, and an anthemion with a pendent peltoid shield


not to scale


Sir Abraham Humes Drawing room

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (184 x 227)


Robert Adam


Harris, 1963, p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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