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SM Adam volume 24/279


[24] Design for the upper door panels for the second drawing room, 1778, as executed


Elevation of a panel ornamented by paired half-putti with arabesques which support anthemia and tubular flowers. The putti flank a central turned support surmounted by an urn ornamented with gadrooning, beading and festoons of husks. This is surmounted by a figurative roundel flanked by swans, with a tubular flower above. This supports a further urn ornamented with gadrooning, an anthemion, and ram masks, and flanked by festoons of husks. The festoons suspend beading, lozenges enclosing rosettes, drop calyx and pendant urns


to a scale


Upper long Pannell of Doors in second room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street (underwritten in pencil) / 59 and faint pencil inscription

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1778
    Adelphi / 7. Dec.r 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including lemon yellow, verdigris and Naples yellow on laid paper (320 x 587)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


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



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