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SM Adam volume 17/155


[52] Preliminary design for a bed for the bedchamber, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of canopied twin beds, within an arched and draped recess. The beds have block feet, and a base rail ornamented with enclosed anthemia, from which hangs a tester of lambrequins enclosing arabesques and anthemia, and the posts are ornamented with leaves. The back board is ornamented with enclosed anthemia, and festoons enclosing arabesques, enclosed rosettes, anthemia, and bands of enclosed anthemia with aprons composed of masks supporting tazzas and flanked by swags. The canopy is dome-shaped, with an apron of drapery, and ornamented with anthemia, double calyx, Vitruvian scroll, a band of arabesques, rosettes, fans, calyx, and winged griffons supported by tubular flowrs, surmounted by a band of arabesques, and a pinecone finial


bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 1 foot


Bed for Lord Stanley in Grosvenor Square

Signed and dated

  • 1774
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Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (468 x 453)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55; p. 98
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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