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image SM Adam volume 54/3/66

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SM Adam volume 54/3/66


[108] Preliminary designs for cornices and dados, possibly for the family pavilion, 1760


Elevation of nine cornice designs and two dado designs, with bands of ornamentation including acanthus leaves, egg and dart, fluting, fret, bead and reel and laurel leaves


not to scale


9 Inch Cornishes for the Bed Chamber & Dressing Room / of the Attick Story of Sr Naths House / Sr Nathls Bed Room / Bd Room Cornish / Base to do Bed Rooms / Hall Base & / Surbase / 20 feet 3 Inches

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (185 x 236)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris and Banks, 2003, p. 109
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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