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SM Adam volume 25/45


[105] Designs for unknown borders, 1777-79, unexecuted


Elevation of gilded borders, the first composed of reed and ribbon, enclosed anthemia, rosettes, and calyx, the second composed of guilloche, rosettes, and tubular flowers, the third composed of guilloche, crockets, tubular flowers, and anthemia, and the fourth composed of a band of rosettes, acanthus leaves, calyx, and festoons, and with pencil-drawn annotations


to a scale


Borders for Robert Child Esqr

Signed and dated

  • August 1777
    Adelphi / 23 August 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (366 x 262)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Joseph Bonomi


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



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