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  • image SM Adam volume 17/89

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/89


[6] Working drawing for the seat of chairs for the first and second drawing rooms, 1778, as executed


Elevation of a chair seat, as Adam volume 17/88, but circular in form


full size


Bottom of Chairs for the [f]irst (cropped) room at Sir A: Hume’s in Hill Street / Bottom of Chairs for the second room at Sir A: Hume[e’s] (cropped) in Hill Street

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1778
    Adelphi / 30 Dec.r 1778. / Adelphi / 9. Dec.r 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, Naples yellow, olive green and violet on laid paper (475 x 482)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




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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