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image SM Adam volume 5/17

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SM Adam volume 5/17


[40] Preliminary design for a door panel for the Etruscan dressing room, 1774, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a rectangular door panel, ornamented with winged horses, supporting an urn, surmounted by a tablet containing a chariot pulled by winged horses, surmounted by a medallion enclosed within a vine, supporting calyx and a tablet containing a mask flanked by festoons, surmounted by an urn containing poppies(?), with an apron of festoons supporting drops of rosettes, bows, calyx, tubular flowers, and lanterns


to a rough scale


Lower doorcase Pannell / (and in pen) Green ornament upon light / yellow Ground

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (310 x 562)


Robert Adam


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