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SM Adam volume 25/102


Finished drawing for cup, possibly a racing cup, 1764


Elevation of a cup, with a socle base ornamented with acanthus leaves and gadrooning, the body ornamented with gadrooning, garlands hung from bows, rosettes, bands of cable moulding, and a band of rinceau and rosettes, with a central wreath, with serpent handles, and a lid ornamented with gadrooning, unlobed acanthus leaves, fluting wreaths, acanthus leaves, and surmounted by an acorn


full size


Design of a Vase for Lient General Lascelles (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    Ja Adam Archt 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including lemon yellow and sepia within a single ruled border on laid paper (411 x 520)


James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, index p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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