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SM Adam volume 25/81


[89] Record drawing for a chestnut vase designed by James Stuart, c1760-62, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of an urn ornamented with a medallion, festoons, Vitruvian scroll, ram masks, acanthus leaves, with a base ornamented with fluting, reed and ribbon, araebsques and ball feet, and a lid surmounted by an acorn


bar scale of 3 inches to 1 foot


For Sir Nathaniel Curzon Baronet and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1760-1762
    date range: 1760-62

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (407 x 291)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1963, Index p. 50, p. 63
Snodin, 1997, p. 17
Snodin, 2007, pp. 468-69, 480-82
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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