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image SM Adam volume 6/97

Reference number

SM Adam volume 6/97

Purpose

[88] Preliminary designs for medallions, possibly details for plate, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed

Aspect

Elevation of two roundels containing urns. The top urn has a base of acanthus leaves and rinceaux, and is ornamented with gadrooning, a cameo, festoons, masks, guilloche, enclosed anthemia, and is surmounted by an anthemion, acanthus leaves, and a pinecone. The bottom urn has a pedestal ornamented with festoons, fluting and ram masks, and is supported by a small socle ornamented with beading and gadrooning, and the urn is ornamented with gadrooning, enclosed anthemia, figure-of-eight wreaths enclosing rosettes, an oval medallion, acanthus leaves, festoons, and with masks for handles, and gadrooning around the lip

Scale

not to scale

Inscribed

Lord Stanley and some dimensions given in pen and pencil

Signed and dated

31st Decemr 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (207 x 299)

Hand

Robert Adam

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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