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SM Adam volume 6/106


[59] Preliminary design for a lantern for the staircase, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed


Rough elevation of an octagonal glass lantern, containing an oil lamp, and hung from above, with an apron of crockets, and each corner articulated by a winged sphinxes, and paired columns, and with a conical canopy, ornamented with swags, and supported by scrolls, and with a pencil-drawn plan below


not to scale


Lantern for Lord Stanley / Green Glass / Green Glass

Signed and dated

  • September 1774
    datable to September 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (180 x 225)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 2001, p. 362
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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