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SM Adam volume 6/52


[26] Preliminary design for a candle stand for the great drawing room (now the portico room) c1778, as executed


Elevation of a candle stand supported by a tripod base with paw feet, ornamented with figurative medallions and ram masks. The tripod is surmounted by a further base, ornamented with rosettes and festoons, which bears a part-fluted, turned support ornamented with acanthus leaves. All of this is surmounted by winged griffins supporting an urn flanked by candle branches


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Stands for Candles at Lady Bathurst’s on [_____] Side of the Tables / 4 feet

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (171 x 224)


Robert Adam


Britannia within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, p. 57
Lea, 2005, p.11
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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