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SM Adam volume 17/111


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


Full sized elevation of a curtain cornice, ornamented with stiff leaf, and a band of urns supported by arabesques of acanthus, supporting anthemia, and enclosed within arches supported by tubular flowers, and with fans between each arch, and with an apron of crockets of calyx, and surmounted by an anthemion acroterion, and a seated putto beside a flaming urn


full size


Curtain Cornice for the Great Drawing Room at Lord Stanley's in Grosvr. Square (at Lord Stanley's in Grosvr. Square in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 13/09/1774
    Adelphi September 13th: 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, and pink on laid paper (448 x 459)


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
Stillman, 1966, p. 110
Harris, 2001, pp. 289, 363
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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