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SM Adam volume 17/24


[45] Design for a commode for the Etruscan dressing room, 1774, as executed


Plan of a segmental slab, and elevation of a segmental commode. The slab is ornamented with a segmental rosette, encircled by a band of enclosed rosettes, festoons, connecting to a central enclosed mask, supporting cameos, and flanking a central tablet, and with a border of calyx, beading, and enclosed anthemia. The commode front is tripartite, and articulated by tapering legs, ornamented with ram masks, swags, drops of calyx, and fluted feet, and with a roundel enclosed within a wreath in each door, with a smaller enclosed rosette in each corner, and the central compartment is flanked by rectangles containing urns, and with a top rail ornamented with cameos above each leg, and anthemia enclosed within arches of beading


bar scale of 3 inches to 1 foot


Top of Commode / Front of a Commode for Lord Stanley / Square (in pencil) and elements numbered in pencil, and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 21/10/1774
    Adelphi October 21st. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow and pink on laid paper (412 x 531)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55; p. 75
Harris, 2001, p. 292
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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