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SM Adam volume 25/90


[91] Record drawing of a tripod perfume burner designed by James Stuart, c1760-62


Elevation of a tripod with tapered, fluted legs and paw feet, supported by a pedestal ornamented with a band of enclosed anthemia and calyx. The legs have cross bars ornamented with cable moulding and are surmounted by female heads supporting an urn ornamented with fluting, arabesques, cable moulding, and a lid ornamented with fluting and beading


to a scale


Tripod For Sir Nathaniel Curzon Bart

Signed and dated

  • 1760-1762
    date range: 1760-62

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (292 x 437)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1963, Index p. 50, p. 63
Goodison, 1972, p. 695
Harris, 1987, p. 34
Snodin, 2007, pp. 17-19, 466, 469
Hartop, 2010, p. 20
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

James "Athenian" Stuart, 1713-1788. The Rediscovery of Antiquity, Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York, 16 November 2006 - 18 February 2007; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 15 March - 24 June 2007

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