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image SM Adam volume 20/110

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SM Adam volume 20/110


[21] Finished drawing for a commode and a pier glass, 1778


Elevation of a segmental tripartite commode, articulated by Doric pilasters with enclosed rosettes in the capitals, and with a top rail ornamented with enclosed anthemia, with an apron of swags supporting a large oval medallion. The commode is surmounted by a rectangular pier glass frame, with a term on either side, and a fluted top rail, with an apron of festoons, and a central tablet containing a wreath, and surmounted by winged sphinxes flanking an urn on a tripod pedestal


bar scale of 2 1/4 inches to 1 foot


Glass and Commode for George Keate Esqr. and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow and verdigris on laid paper (254 x 447)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Harris, 1963, pp. 54, 76
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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