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image SM Adam volume 24/272

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SM Adam volume 24/272


[25] Design for a panel for the second drawing room, 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of a panel ornamented with central cameo depicting putti, with an apron consisting of a mask and festoons of beading. Above the cameo there are arabesques, rosettes, and an anthemion, and this is flanked by ribbons and festoons of husks, which suspend tubular flowers and pendent oil lamps


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Top Pannell / For the second room at Sir Abrahma Hume’s in Hill Street / 51

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 7. Dec.r 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including lemon yellow and Indian yellow on laid paper (339 x 202)


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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