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SM Adam volume 17/17


[13] Finished drawing for a commode, possibly for the saloon, 1771, unexecuted


Elevation of a tripartite commode, articulated by pilasters supported by fluted and gadrooned box feet, ornamented with drops of anthemia, and with ram masks in the capitals. The central compartment is ornamented with an urn supported by caryatids, and flanked by winged sphinxes supporting calyx and tubular flowers. The flanking compartments are ornamented with urns supported by pedestals. The commode has a frieze ornamented with trophies and rosettes enclosed within wreaths


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Commode for Sir George Colebrooke Bart.

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, verdigris and cerulean blue on laid paper (334 x 221)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
Harris, 1963, pp. 53, 74
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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