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image SM Adam volume 25/216

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SM Adam volume 25/216


[3] Alternative preliminary design and unfinished working drawing for a tripod fire screen pole, c1778, executed status unknown


Rough elevation of a tripod base, with paw(?) feet, surmounted by a band of fluting and ram masks, with an apron of festoons, and surmounted by a turned shaft, and a full sized elevation of a tripod base with paw feet, and volute legs ornamented with acanthus leaves and rosettes, supporting a turned shaft, with an acorn apron, and ornamented with gadrooning, acanthus leaves, and bands of spiral fluting


not to scale, and full size


Lady Mills fire screen and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1778
    datable to 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (490 x 556)


Robert Adam and an Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
Harris, 1963, Index p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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