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SM Adam volume 6/58


[8] Preliminary design for a lamp for the staircase, c1775-76, unexecuted


Elevation of a wall bracket, composed of arabesques, and a half figure with a tail of calyx, connected to a glass lantern containing an oil lamp, ornamented with gadrooning, and with a conical canopy supported scrolls, and the lantern is further supported by a tubular flower-shaped, fluted wall bracket, ornamented with a lion mask, and a band of lambrequins enclosing calyx, and with a pencil-drawn plan for another object below


not to scale


Angular Bracket, & Glass Lamp for the / Staircase at Doctor Warrens

Signed and dated

  • 1775-76
    datable to c1775-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (188x232)


Robert Adam


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