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SM Adam volume 7/150


[57] Design for sedan chair poles, 1765


Elevation ornamented with rosettes, figure-of-eights ending with a scrolled heart and ornamented with interspersed calyx and double calyx. The end of one pole is visible and is ornamented with acanthus leaves, a band of cable moulding and the end is in the form of a ram heads


to a scale


Ld Coventry['s] sedan chair

Signed and dated

  • 1765
    datable to 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and green wash on laid paper (252 x 112)


Adam office hand


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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