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SM Adam volume 17/87


[54] Working drawing for arms of chairs for the great drawing room, 1779, as executed


Elevation of an arm rest for a chair, with a central patera, enclosed within an olive-branch wreath with a ribbon


full size


Arm of Chairs for the Great Drawing room at Sir A: Humes in Hill Street / Adelphi / 87 (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • April 1779
    Adelphi / 8. April 1779.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and coloured washes including pink, olive green and sepia on laid paper (260 x 240)


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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