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SM Adam volume 24/276


[21] Design for the bottom panel for shutters for the second drawing room, 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of a panel ornamented with a tablet containing an urn flanked by winged sphinxes, surmounted by a pedestal, which is ornamented with a rosette and swags and bears a turned baluster and urn. The urn is ornamented with gadrooning and festoons of drop calyx, and is surmounted by an anthemion. The tablet has an apron consisting of guttae, an ox skull, festoons of beading with pendent rosettes, festoons, a wreath of husks enclosing drop calyx and a further rosette, and a pendent oil lamp


to a scale


Bottom of Shutters for the Second Room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street / 55

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1778
    12 Dec.r 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (309 x 412)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1917, p. 6
Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41



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