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SM Adam volume 50/45


[7] Design for painted wall ornaments for the staircase, 1764-65, unexecuted


Elevation of a rectangular panel, containing a central figurative medallion, enclosed by bands of reeding and ribbon, figure-of-eight bell flowers, and with a fan, rosettes, and calyx above and below, and hung from a bow from which springs festoons of bell flowers held by eagles, from whose talons hang drops of wreaths, calyx, scrolled hearts of acanthus, medallions containing winged putti, fans, masks, and anthemia


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Manner proposed for painting Three Sides of the Great Staircase / at John Sargent Esqr His House in / Downing Street Westminster

Signed and dated

  • 1765
    Robt Adam Architect 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (348 x 486)


Adma office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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