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  • image SM Adam volume 17/88

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/88


[5] Working drawing for the back of the chairs for the first drawing room, 1778, as executed


Elevation of a chair back with a central patera enclosed within an oval border of beading, and this in turn is enclosed by a band of flora. All this is set within a wreath of olive leaves surmounted by an ox mask and a tubular flower, and with an apron consisting of beading, a rosette and drop calyx enclosed within a further wreath


full size


The back of Chairs for the first room is the same pattern as this, but has a yellow ground as that of the bottom. in the original drawing the white and red husks were kept more apart- / Back of Chairs for the second Room at Sir A: Hume in Hill Street / 88 (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1778
    Adelphi / 30. Dec.r 1778- / 9. Dec.r 1778 / Adelphi (cropped)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, pink and white on laid paper (381 x 531)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Ink stamp PAPPT 13 / (and in modern curatorial hand, pencil) vol 17 103


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
Harris, 1963, pp. 56, 96-97
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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