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SM Adam volume 49/64


[2] Finished drawing for a statue pedestal, 1770, unexecuted


Part plan and elevation of a pedestal as drawing one, but the engaged columns are here fluted terns, with stiff leaves in the capitals, surmounted by anthemia, and the whole is ornamented with additional beading, guilloche and fluting


bar scale of 2 1/5 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Pedestal for a Statue, for the Exchange at Dublin and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    Robt Adam Archt. 1770.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (392 x 651)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 9
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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