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SM Adam volume 17/37


[60] Design for a table slab, 1779


Plan of a table slab, with a part-patera enclosed within a fan, with an ox skull, ribbons and festoons beyond. There is a central tablet, depicting a draped figure and winged putti, which is ornamented with ram masks, and flanked by roundels depicting putti. All this is linked with festoons of beading, which suspend lozenges and cameos. The tablet has an apron consisting of arabesques, a mask, and a rosette surrounded by thyrsi and enclosed within a wreath. The slab is bordered with a plain band flanked by further bands of beading


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Design of a Slab for Sir Abraham Hume Baronet / £35. - / Adelphi / 21st May 1779 / £35 Statuary marble Table [_ _ _] [_ _ _ _ _ _ _] [_ _ _ _] be of a figure with E[_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _]

Signed and dated

  • May 1779
    21st May 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (452 x 311)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
Harris, 1963, p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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