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SM Adam volume 6/69


[18] Rough preliminary design for a lantern on a pedestal for the staircase, c1768-69, as executed


Elevation of a pedestal, in the shape of a tapering term ornamented with a drop of calyx and a swag in the capital, surmounted by a glass urn containing a candle


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


4 Terms are wanted for the / Great Staircase at Kenwood / Nr Nelson is to make one / Compleat, & if that is liked / he is to do 3 more / 4 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1768-69
    date range: 1768-69

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (94 x 215)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1963, p. 50
Bryant, 1990, p. 11
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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