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image SM Adam volume 6/41

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SM Adam volume 6/41


[26] Preliminary design for a girandole for the great drawing room, 1774, as executed


Elevation of a girandole, with an apron of festoons, beneath arms of acanthus leaves and calyx, ornamented with anthemia and rosettes, and with two candle branches attached, surmounted by an urn ornamented with beading, gadrooning, and two scrolled arms, surmounted by scrolls of foliage, connected to two further candle branches, and sumounted by a tubular flower, supporting a wall bracket, surmounted by a half-figure, supporting an urn, ornamented with gadrooning, flanked by festoons and candle branches, and surmounted by a mask enclosed within a wreath, and an anthemion


to a rough bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 1 foot


Girandole for Lady Stanleys 3d Drawing Room / Surbase and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    Datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (201 x 277)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55
Harris, 2001, p. 363
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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