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Preliminary design for the Etruscan dressing room girandole, 1774, as executed (1)


The Etruscan dressing room girandole is included as executed in the second volume of The works in architecture of Robert and James Adam (part 1, plate 8), and correponds with Adam's drawing. Unlike Adam's later Etruscan rooms, there was no ornamentation to the walls of the Etruscan dressing room, but he did include these girandoles which incorporated Wedgwood black and terracotta medallions. The girandoles are not known to have survived when the house was demolished in 1862.



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