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image SM Adam volume 49/47

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SM Adam volume 49/47


[11] Design for a pedestal for the hall, c1761-62, as executed


Elevation of a large pedestal, with a central tabula ansata ornamented with fluting, acanthus leave, rosettes and arabesques, and ornamented with festoons hung from lion masks, enclosed rosettes, a band of anthemia, a band of egg and dart, a band of laurel leaves bound in ribbon, and bands of acanthus leaves


bar scale of 2 3/4 inches to 1 foot


Table for Inscription unknown (in the hand of William Adam) / Sion House (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson)

Signed and dated

  • 1761-62
    datable to c1761-62

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (499 x 430)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (10-11) , and inscriptions in the hand of Sir John Summerson


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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