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SM Adam volume 29/104


[16] Design for a coach panel, 1775-76, unexecuted


Elevation of a triangular decorative coach panel, with one curving edge, ornamented with a central vesica-shaped panel, within a wreath of reed and ribbon, surrounded by calyx and arabesques enclosing rosettes, and supporting festoons and an anthemion, and with a border of alternating anthemia, and anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts, and with large calyx in the corners


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For Lord Cathcarts Coach (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 3 / 23 (in pencil) / 3 / Lord Cathcart Coach / This to be placed Twenty Third (in red pen)

Signed and dated

datable to 1775-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow, cerulean blue and pink on laid paper (550 x 380)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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