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Reference number

SM Adam volume 25/47


[64] Design for a bell pull, c1779


Elevation of an ornamental bell pull in the form of a winged griffin


to a scale


Bell pull for Sir Abraham Hume Bart.

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured wash including Indian yellow on laid paper (172 x 145)


Office hand, possibly


Preliminary design for recto (pencil)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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