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  • image SM Adam volume 24/227

Reference number

SM Adam volume 24/227


[35] Design for an ornamental panel, possibly for a drawing room, c1779, possibly executed


Elevation of an ornamental panel as Adam volume 24/275, with minor alterations and varied colored washes


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, pink, cerulean blue and black on laid paper (168 x 492)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Preliminary design for an ornamental panel, with detail of a tripod in relief ornamented with ram masks and with an apron of swags and surmounted by an urn. Above this there is a tablet containing a cameo flanked by festoons, this is surmounted by a figurative roundel. Above this a tubular flower from which suspends calyx, ribbons and peltoid shields


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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