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  • image SM Adam volume 6/15

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SM Adam volume 6/15


[7] Rough preliminary design for a girandole for the eating room, c1775-76, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a girandole, supported by a fluted tubular flower-shaped wall bracket, surmounted by an urn with gadrooning around the base, and with a central enclosed rosette from which two candle branches spring, and with a lid ornamented with gadrooning


not to scale


Sketch of a plain Girandole for / Dr Warrens Eating Room

Signed and dated

  • 1775-76
    datable to c1775-76

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (75x169)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
Harris, 1963, Index p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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