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image SM Adam volume 17/94

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/94

Purpose

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

Aspect

Perspective of a chair, with tapering legs ornamented with triple drops of calyx, and with block feet, and a seat rail, seat, arms, and top rail ornamented with borders of calyx, and the seat has a central rosette, encircled by a fan, and the back splat has a central cameo, flanked by anthemia, enclosed wthin a vesica-shaped compartment, and above and below is an anthemion, flanked by strigils and acanthus leaves

Scale

measured

Inscribed

Design for Chair for The Right Honble Lord Stanley (underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 01/01/1775
    1775 / Adelphi Janry 19t. 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including olive green within a single ruled pencil border on laid paper (291 x 435)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55; p. 95
Harris, 2001, p. 295
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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