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image SM Adam volume 17/105

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SM Adam volume 17/105


[17] Design for a curtain cornice for the eating room, 1768, executed with alterations


Elevation of a curtain cornice, with bands of fluting, and egg and dart, and apron of anthemia enclosed within lambrequins, and tassels, and surmounted by acanthus leaves, pinecones, fluting, rosettes, and a central anthemion


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Curtain Cornice for the Eating room at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • November 1768
    Nover 4th / 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (533 x 155)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, p. 51
Stillman, 1966, pp. 69, 75
Rowan, 1988, p. 72
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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