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SM Adam volume 17/109


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


Full sized elevation of a curtain cornice, ornamented with a band of acanthus leaves, and a band of anthemia, supported by calyx, and enclosed within a ribbon forming open scrolled hearts, alternating with calyx, and the cornice is surmounted by an anthemion acroterion, and crockets composed of acanthus leaves


full size


Curtain Cornice for the First Drawing Room / at Lord Stanleys

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washed including violet on laid paper (299 x 264)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55
Harris, 2001, p. 362
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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