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SM Adam volume 25/210


[24] Working drawing for a commode in the drawing room, 1773, executed with alterations


Elevation of a detail of a commode, with a central medallion, enclosed within an octagonal fluted frame, with an anthemion supported by arabesques on four sides, and flanked by turned pedestals supporting cameos and anthemia, and this is surmounted by a frieze of arabesques, with a central tablet containing a cameo flanked by winged griffons


full size


Part of Commode for Robert Child Esqr.

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (533 x 674)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 74
Tomlin, 1972, pp. 42-44
Harris, 2001, p. 166 Tomlin, 1972, p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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