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image SM Adam volume 17/97

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/97


[68] Finished drawing for a armchair for the state bedchamber, 1777, as executed


Elevation of a chair, with turned legs and ball feet, ornamented with fluting and acanthus leaves, a serpentine seat rail ornamented with cable moulding, sabre arms ornamented with acanthus leaves, an oval back supported by two winged sphinxes, and ornamented with a band of cable moulding, an enclosed rosette, and surmounted by a bow, and festoons


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Chair for the Bed Chamber at Osterly

Signed and dated

Adelphi / April 24t 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including yellow ochre and cerulean blue on laid paper (291 x 433)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 96
Tomlin, 1972, p. 65
Harris, 2001, p. 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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