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SM Adam volume 23/256


[34] Design for a overmantel tablet for the library (now the old library), 1766


Elevation of a figurative tablet, showing a sacrificial scene, including winged figures standing behind a seated figure, and a procession of people leading a bull, as executed


to a scale


(verso) 12 / Library Tablet / Edwin Lascelles Esqr

Signed and dated

  • c1766
    datable to c1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia wash on laid paper (532 x 183)


Adam office hand, possibly Antonio Zucchi


XDB&C within a cartouche


Mauchline, 1992, p. 71
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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