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SM Adam volume 52/64


[50] Preliminary design for door or wall panels, c1770-83, executed status unknown


Rough elevation of two rectangular door or wall panels. The panel on the left-hand side is ornamented with a drop composed of wheat sheaves, calyx, arabesques, acanthus leaves, a gadrooned urn, anthemia, and a tubular flower, and the panel on the right-hand side is ornamented with a drop composed of a tubular flower, musical trophies, wreaths, an enclosed rosette, and a lion mask (verso) rough pencil-drawn plans of a church or theatre, and a circular room with four apses


not to scale


Wm Weddell Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 1770-83
    date range: 1770-83

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (197 x 297)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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