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image SM Adam volume 25/43

Reference number

SM Adam volume 25/43


[49] Design for a chandelier for the Etruscan dressing room, 1775; it is not known if this design was executed


Half-drawn elevation of a chandelier, hung from a tassel, and with a central shaft composed of gadrooned tubular flowers, a gadrooned urn with guilloche, and an acorn, and with foliate and gadrooned candle branches, drops of lozenges, obelisk-shaped finials, and winged griffons (verso) pencil-drawn preliminary design for a carpet or ceiling


to a scale, possibly full sized


Lustred for Lady Derby’s Dressing room

Signed and dated

  • 14/11/1775
    Adelphi / Novr. 14t. 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washed including pink, cerulean blue, and Indian yellow on laid paper (408 x 707)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


JWHATMAN / fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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



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