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SM Adam volume 17/65


[17] Design for a tripod for the first drawing room, 1779, possibly executed


Elevation of a tripod with sabre legs linked by a spacer bearing an urn, and with hoof feet, all supported by a socle ornamented with arabesques. The tripod is ornamented with ram masks, and bears a basin embellished with gadrooning and enclosed anthemia. All this is surmounted by a three-branch candelabrum, flanked by winged sphinxes


to a scale


Tripod for the first room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street / 1779. / 65

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1779
    Adelphi / 11. Janry / 1779.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured wash including Indian yellow on laid paper (195 x 279)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
Harris, 1963, p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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