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SM Adam volume 17/84


[9] Design for a large sofa, 1779, as executed


Elevation of a sofa articulated by four turned, fluted legs with turned feet, and with a seat rail ornamented with anthemia alternating with calyx. The sofa seats and backs are ornamented with patera enclosed within an oval band of beading and wreaths of husks surmounted by ox masks and tubular flowers. The sofa arms are formed from volute scrolls and ornamented with acanthus leaves. The back rail is ornamented with reed and ribbon, and is surmounted by a central cabochon bearing an anthemion, and corner lion masks


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Sopha for Sir Abraham Hume Baronet in Hill Street

Signed and dated

  • May 1779
    Adelphi / 20. May 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, Indian yellow and olive green on laid paper (442 x 231)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


(In modern curatorial hand, pencil) vol 17




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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