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image SM Adam volume 17/81

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/81


[27] Finished drawing for a sofa for the great drawing room, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a sofa, with fluted legs and ball feet, and a seat rail ornamented with rosettes enclosed within connected wreaths of calyx, with arms ornamented with acanthus leaves, and a shaped top rail composed of reed and ribbon


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 1 foot


Sopha for the Recesses in the Great Drawing Room at Lord Stanley's (underwritte in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 05/07/1774
    Adelphi / 5t. July 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and Indian yellow on laid paper (407 x 289)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55; p. 95
Harris, 2001, p. 363
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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