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SM Adam volume 54/7/261


[89] Alternative preliminary designs for pedestals, 1774-75; it is not known if these designs were executed


Rough elevation of two column-shaped pedestals. The left-hand pedestal has paw feet, a base ornamented with laurel leaves, and shaft ornamented with an enclosed rosette, a festoon, ram masks, and a frieze of connected enclosed rosettes, and is surmounted by an urn. The right-hand pedestal has a fluted stylobate, a tripod base composed of dolphins, the shaft is ornamented with a rectangular figurative panel, and the neck is ornamented with laurel leaves and handles


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1774-75
    datable to 1774-75

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (166 x 165)


Robert Adam


Fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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