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SM Adam volume 17/59


[14] Finished drawing for a pedestal, 1765


Elevation of a pedestal, with an unornamented square base, surmounted by a band of rosettes enclosed by lozenges, and waterleaf and tongue, a tapering shaft with a central relief panel containing figure-of-eight vines, a lion mask, arabesques, anthemia, and rosettes, surmounted by a band of waterleaf and tongue, a capital containing a rosette enclosed by a fan, a festoon, a band of guilloche enclosing rosettes, and bands of acanthus leaves, and fluting


bar scale of 2 4/5 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Term for Candles for / Sir John Griffin Griffin

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (222 x 402)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson


Harris, 1963, Index p. 48
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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