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  • image SM Adam volume 20/204

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SM Adam volume 20/204


[37] Design for a girandole for the second drawing room, 1779, possibly executed


Elevation of a girandole, formed with a central peltoid shield, ornamented with a figurative roundel, flanked by winged sphinxes. The sheild is flanked by arabesques forming pairs of candle branches, and has an apron of arabesques, a rosette enclosed within a lozenge, and calyx forming festoons, with pendent rosettes. All this is surmounted by an urn flanked by festoons of beading, suspending oil lamps. Above this, arabesques support a cameo, enclosed within a border of calyx, and surmounted by an anthemion


to a scale


Girandol for the second room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street / 204

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1779
    Adelphi / 11. Janry 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, verdigris, pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (301 x 449)


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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