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image SM Adam volume 17/68

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SM Adam volume 17/68


[16] Design of a herm and lamp for the passage leading to the dining room and drawing room, c1780, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a lamp on a herm pedestal, with the tapered column decorated with a drop composed of a lion mask, calyx, diminishing figure-of-eight oak leaves, enclosed rosette, peltoid shield and tubular flower, and with a capital containing an elliptical enclosed rosette and a festoon of husk. The herm is surmounted by a glass lamp


bar scale of 2 ½ inches to 1 foot


Term & lamp for the passage leading to the Dining room & Drawing room at Byram / 68 / Scale of / Feet

Signed and dated

  • c1780
    datable to c1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (420 x 275)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Boton, 1922, Volume II, p. 307, Index p. 5
Harris, 1963, p. 48
Spiers, 1979, p. 30, Index, p. 5
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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