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SM Adam volume 18/79


[10] Alternative design for a tablet for the library chimneypiece, 1774, as executed


Elevation of a rectangular figurative tablet depicting a central draped figure reclining against a low pedestal ornamented with festoons and rosettes and surmounted by a globe. The central figure is surrounded by putti and winged putti who support instruments of learning including a plumb bob, manuscripts and a telescope


to a scale


Tablet for the Library Chimney Piece at Apsley House

Signed and dated

  • November 1774
    Adelphi / Nov.r 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia wash and brown pen on laid paper (560 x 279)


Office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Lea, 2005, pp. 8, 14
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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