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SM Adam volume 17/117


[12] Record drawings for the curtain cornices for the first and second drawing rooms, 1779, possibly executed


Above – Elevation of cornice ornamented with a central rosette and ribbon, flanked by fleur-de-lis crenellations with aprons of calyx, and all this is linked with swags, and with a further band of swags below Below – Elevation of a cornice with a central tablet ornamented with rosettes and arabesques, surmounted by an urn bearing festoons of husks. This is flanked by a band of dart moulding with an apron of lambrequins, each ornamented with calyx. The capitals contain rosettes, and are surmounted by crockets ornamented with anthemia


to a scale


Curtain Cornice for the first room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street / For the second room / Sir Abraham Hume (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • Feb 1779
    Adelphi / 12 Febry / 1779.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, olive green and on laid paper (325 x 444)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Harris, 1963, p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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