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SM Adam volume 17/108


[5] Design for a curtain cornice for the ante room, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed


Full sized elevation of a detail of a curtain cornice, ornamented with stiff leaf, with an apron of crockets composed of anthemia and calyx enclosed within scrolled hearts, and surmounted by anthemia


full size


Curtain Cornice for the Anti Room at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Square (Curtain Cornice for the Anti Room underwritten in pencil) (at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Square in the hand of William Adam) / [cropped _ _ _ ] above the window for this Cornice wihout [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 13/09/1774
    Adelphi / Sepr. 13t. 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and terre verte wash on laid paper (302 x 254)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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