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SM Adam volume 7/131


[54] Unfinished preliminary design for a moulding, c1764-70


Rough elevation of a detail of a portion of moulding, composed of bands of unlobed acanthus leaves, anthemia, strigils, fluting, serpentine ribbons wound around naturalistic anthemia, and spiral acanthus leaves. Although it is unclear, this is possibly a picture frame, door architrave, or a moulding for a ceiling or chimneypiece


not to scale


Ld Coventry

Signed and dated

  • 1764-1770
    date range: 1764-70

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and wash on laid paper (357 x 250)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Frameworks: Form, Function and Ornament in European Portrait Frames from the 16th to 20th Centuries, Paul Mitchell Ltd, London, 8 November 1996 - 8 February 1997

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