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SM Adam volume 17/58


[2] Design for a pedestal, 1765


Elevation of a pedestal with a square base, supporting a tapering shaft ornamented with a quadrilateral panel, and with an enclosed rosette and festoon in the capital, and to the right-hand side is a rough pencil-drawn elevation of the same pedestal, but with rinceau ornamentation on the shaft, and a band of guilloche enclosing rosettes above the capital


bar scale of 2 3/4 inches to 1 foot


Term for Sir John Astley Bart

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (257 x 406)


Adam office hand, with pencil annotations and inscription in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1963, Index p. 51
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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