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SM Adam volume 54/7/263


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


Elevation of two alternative column-shaped pedestals, with stepped stylobates. The left-hand pedestal has a base ornamented with ox skulls and swags, a fluted shafts, lion(?) mask handles, and a socle-shaped capital ornamented with a cameo(?). The right-hand pedestal has a tripod base composed of dolphins(?), a shaft ornamented with rectangular figurative panels, mask handles flanking a frieze of Vitruvian scroll, and surmounted by a bowl supported by winged sphinxes


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1774-75
    datable to 1774-75

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (318 x 235)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


IV surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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