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SM Adam volume 25/65


[2] Record drawing for Admiral Keppel’s freedom box, 1779, unexecuted


Plan, elevation and profile of a rectangular box, with a lid ornamented with an oval medallion framed by winged figures and segmental compartments containing naval trophies. The sides are fluted, with a band around the top including griffons with arabesque tails, and with a ram mask on each corner; and with a tablet on the side containing a cameo and naval trophies, and a tablet on the end depicting a naval scene


to a scale


Freedom Box designd for Admiral Keppell

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, and Indian yellow and sepia wash on laid paper (160 x 304)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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