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image SM Adam volume 49/41

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SM Adam volume 49/41


[17] Preliminary design for a candlestick for the dining room, 1776, as executed


Unfinished elevation of a candelabrum, with a base, ornamented with Vitruvian scroll, and surmounted by winged griffons, and a turned shaft, ornamented with gadrooning, and surmounted by an urn ornamented with ram masks, connecting with serpentine foliate candle branches, ornamented with festoons


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Candlestick for William Weddell Esqr

Signed and dated

Adelphi May 13t 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (574 x 513)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
Harris, 2001, p. 357
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 263
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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