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SM Adam volume 24/267


[28] Design for an ornamental panel, possibly for a drawing room, 1779, possibly executed


Elevation of a panel ornamented with a central figurative roundel enclosed within an octagonal compartment flanked by crossed thyrsi. Above this there is a wreath enclosing calyx and a tubular flower surmounted by a draped figure, arabesques and a further tubular flower bearing a swan. The roundel has an apron of arabesques, figure-of-eight wreaths enclosing drop calyx, and tubular flowers. Below this there is a suspended tablet, ornamented with a central patera set within a lozenge flanked by pilasters enclosing fauna, all surmounted by putti, and with an apron of ox skulls, beading and a pendent urn


to a scale


Sir Abraham Hume / 46

Signed and dated

  • Feb 1779
    12 Feby 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pick, black, Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (185 x 801)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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