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Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/39


[15] Design for a table slab, possibly for the first drawing room, 1779


Plan of a table slab, ornamented with a patera enclosed within a fan. Beyond this, there is a band of calyx, followed by a plain band. The slab has a border of calyx alternating with anthemia, enclosed within foil, and with a further band of rosettes beyond


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Design of a Slab for Sir Abraham Hume Baronet / £21

Signed and dated

  • May 1779
    27. May 1779.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Terre Verte, pink and Indian yellow (303 x 232)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


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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