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SM Adam volume 17/107


[87] Working drawing for a curtain cornice for the Etruscan dressing room, 1776, as executed


Part elevation with a central serpentine band, and an apron containing anthemia, fans, acanthus leaves, arabesques, rosettes, calyx, and tubular flowers, and surmounted by an anthemion and paterae


full size


Curtain Cornice for the Dressing Room at Osterly / (and in pencil) These ornaments are repeted (sic) 14 times in each / Cornice

Signed and dated

  • October 1776
    Adelphi / October 18t 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including black and sepia on laid paper (407 x 329)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


The curtain cornice in the Etruscan dressing room was executed in accordance with Adam's design and survives in situ.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, p. 51
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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