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SM Adam volume 24/278


[23] Design for the lower door panels for the second drawing room, 1778, as executed


Elevation of a panel ornamented with an urn flanked by pegasi, which support arabesques and a tubular flower surmounted by an urn. Above this there is a central tablet ornamented with further pegasi and a chariot bearing putti. All this is surmounted by a figurative roundel, enclosed within a wreath of oak leaves, with arabesques and a further tablet above. The tablet is ornamented with masks and festoons, and is surmounted by an urn flanked by ribbons and festoons of husks, which suspend oil lamps


to a scale


Under long Pannell for Doors in second room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street / 57 / faint pencil inscription

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1778
    Adelphi / 7 Dec.r 1778-

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes on laid paper including lemon yellow and verdigris (322 x 620)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


(In modern curatorial hand, pencil) Vol 24/278


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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