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SM Adam volume 24/277


[22] Design for the top panel for shutters for the second drawing room, 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of a panel ornamented with a central mask enclosed within a band of beading, all set within an octagonal compartment. This is flanked by thyrsi, and is surmounted by a tripod with paw feet and a central turned support, which bears an urn ornamented with gadrooning. The tripod is flanked by putti bearing festoons of husks. The octagonal compartment has an apron of arabesques, drop calyx and festoons of beading which suspend an oil lamp


to a scale


Top panel of Shutters for the second room at Sir A: Hume’s in Hill Street / 56

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1778
    12 Dec.r 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (242 x 414)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




Bolton, 1917, p. 6
Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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