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image SM Adam volume 49/51

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SM Adam volume 49/51


[6] Record drawing of a chair seat design, presumably for the dressing room, c1766


Plan of a quadrilateral chair seat, ornamented - presumably in needlework - with rinceaux, including a central anthemion, supported by a fan and calyx, and with a border of figure-of-eight olive leaves, enclosing calyx and rosettes


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Chair Bottom for Mrs Montagu (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

datable to c1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including terre verte, Indian yellow and pink on laid paper (605 x 502)


Adam office hand, possibly Giuseppe Manocchi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
Harris, 1963, Index p. 56
Harris, 2001, p. 347
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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