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  • image SM Adam volume 17/38

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/38


[61] Record drawing for a table slab, 1779


Plan of a table slab as Adam volume 17/37, but with an alternative central tablet ornamented with a cameo flanked by swags, and in the place of roundels with festoons of beading there are pendent oil lamps


bar scale of 1½ inches to 1 foot


Design of a Slab for Sir Abraham Hume Bart. / £26:5:0 Eck Table on statuary marble / 23rd May 1779

Signed and dated

  • May 1779
    23rd May 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, pink and Indian yellow on laid paper (305 x 221)


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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