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SM Adam volume 17/135


[113] Finished drawing for an embroidery design for a circular pole screen, 1779, unexecuted


Plan of a circular embroidery design for a pole screen as the bottom design in Adam volume 52/152, but with flowers rather than trefoils in the border


full size


Design of a Screen for Mrs Child

Signed and dated

  • November 1779
    Adelphi / 4th: November 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, terre verte and Indian yellow on laid paper (236 x 422)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, p. 51
Tomlin, 1972, p. 81
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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