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SM Adam volume 17/159


[63] Finished drawing for a counterpane for the state bed, 1776, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a counterpane, ornamented with a central oval medallion containing an eagle, and calyx within a lozenge, encircled by an oval band of enclosed rosettes, calyx, and a guilloche-shaped wreath with small medallions containing urns of flowers in each of the small circles, and with a border of anthemia enclosed within lozenges of beading. The sides of the tester are ornamented with bands of rosettes, and calyx, anthemia enclosed within lozenges of beading, tassels, and with lambrequins containing wreaths


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 1 foot


Counterpane for the Bed for Robert Child Esqr at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • August 1775
    Adelphi August19t 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including terre verte on laid paper (448 x 589)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 99
Tomlin, 1972, p. 61
Harris, 2001, p. 177
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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