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image SM Adam volume 6/154

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SM Adam volume 6/154


[54] Preliminary design for a chair for the bedchamber, 1775; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of an armchair, with variant tapering legs, one being ornamented with drops with a ball foot, and the other being fluted with a block foot, and with enclosed rosettes above each leg, and foliage in the seat rail, the arms, seat and back are all bordered in beading, and the arms and splat are infilled with scrolls, and the splat has a central cameo, and the seat is ornamented with a roundel enclosed within a fan (verso) plan of a seat


not to scale


Lord Stanleys Bed Chamber

Signed and dated

datable to January 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (184 x 215)


Robert Adam


Harris, 1963, Index p. 55; p. 95
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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