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SM Adam volume 17/8


[53] Finished drawing for a console table for the tapestry room, 1775, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a lunette-shaped table slab, ornamented with a central patera enclosed by a fan, and encircled by bows, festoons, winged sphinxes, enclosed rosettes, beading, and anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts, and an elevation of the table frame, with four legs with ball feet, and ornamented with ox skulls, a stretcher ornamented with cable moulding, the table tail ornamented with enclosed rosettes, oval figurative medallions, and an apron of crockets in the form of anthemia, and with a rough pencil-drawn plan of the concave stretchers to the right-hand side of the title inscription


bar scale of 1 4/5 inches to 1 foot


Table frame and Slab for the Tapestry room at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • March 1775
    Adelphi / 18t March 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and verdigris on laid paper (301 x 441)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51 70-71
Tomlin, 1972, p. 56
Harris, 2001, p. 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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