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image SM Adam volume 6/151

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SM Adam volume 6/151


[15] Rough preliminary design for a sofa for the north wall of the library, c1768-69, executed with alterations


Elevation of an eight-leg sofa with ball feet, scroll arms, a seat rail ornamented with anthemia, and a back ornamented with swags and a central anthemion. The sofa is placed between two piers and in front of a mirror frame ornamented with urns, calyx, a figurative roundel and arabesques


not to scale


Lord Mansfields Sofa

Signed and dated

  • 1768-69
    datable to 1768-69

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (302 x 445)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1963, pp. 50, 79-80
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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