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  • image SM Adam volume 25/31

Reference number

SM Adam volume 25/31


[52] Design for a clock encasement, c1778, not known to have been executed


Elevation of a clock case, with ball feet, ornamented with anthemia, rosettes, husks, ram masks and a band of alternating anthemia and calyx. The case is surmounted by an urn with paw feet, and ornamented with acanthus leaves, figurative medallions, festoons, and a band of guilloche


to a scale


L Bathurst (pencil) / Watch cases (pen)

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and Indian yellow wash on laid paper (443 x 299)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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