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image SM Adam volume 52/78

Reference number

SM Adam volume 52/78

Purpose

[45] Preliminary designs for curtain cornices, possibly for the great drawing room, c1779, possibly executed

Aspect

Above – Elevation of a cornice, with a central roundel enclosing a rosette, flanked by volute scrolls, and surmounted by an urn. The cornice has an apron of lambrequins ornamented with half-rosettes Centre – Elevation of a cornice formed with volute scrolls, ornamented with fluting, and surmounted by an urn bearing an anthemion. The cornice has an apron of lambrequins ornamented with half-rosettes, and behind this there are swags Bottom – Elevation of a cornice, formed with a central socle, flanked by volute scrolls. The socle is ornamented with a rosette and swags, and surmounted by an urn bearing and an anthemion. The cornice has an apron of festoons and lambrequins ornamented with arabesques

Scale

not to scale

Inscribed

Sir Ab[_ _ _ ] Hume.

Signed and dated

c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (187 x 289)

Hand

Probably
Robert Adam

Verso

Markings and some dimensions (pencil)

Watermark

PRO PATRIA Britannia

Notes

The first design shown above for the great drawing room Hill Street

Literature

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

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Drawing

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