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image SM Adam volume 17/110

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/110

Purpose

[19] Design for a curtain cornice for the second drawing room, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed

Aspect

Full sized elevation of a curtain cornice, ornamented with unlobed acanthus leaves, with an apron of lambrequins, articulated by tubular flowers, and enclosing double calyx and enclosed rosettes, and the cornice is surmounted by an enclosed anthemion acroterion, and crockets of alternating pinecones, and rosettes composed of oak leaves

Scale

full size

Inscribed

Curtain Cornice for the Second Drawing Room / at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Square

Signed and dated

  • 13/09/1774
    Adelphi Sepr 13th. 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink on laid paper (338 x 292)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Watermark

fleur de lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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