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image SM Adam volume 17/153

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SM Adam volume 17/153


[13] Design for a bed, 1772; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a four-poster bed, with fluted tapering legs, and block feet, connected by a fluted bed rail, and supported by turned fluted posts, ornamented with acanthus leaf capitals, and supporting a top rail ornamented with anthemia, volutes, acanthus leaves, and rosettes, flanking an urn on a pedestal, ornamented with an enclosed rosette and accompanied by hangings ornamented with drops of calyx, and with a domed canopy surmounted by a gadrooned finial


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Bed for The Rt. Honble Hen. Fred. Thynne

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (293 x 435)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Harris, 1963, Index p. 54; p. 98
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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