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SM Adam volume 25/41


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


Plan and elevation of an octagonal glazed lantern, with a central two-tiered lantern hung from a chain ornamented with calyx, and within an octagonal frame, ornamented with bands of anthemia, and double calyx, and with winged sphinxes around the base, supporting drops composed of calyx, urns, enclosed rosettes, and anthemia, and surmounted by anthemia on scrolls hung from ram masks, and the whole has a conical framework, surmounted by a gadrooned flower


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Lantern for Lord Derby's Staircase

Signed and dated

  • 15/09/1774
    Adelphi Sepr 15th 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, cerulean blue, and verdigris on laid paper (291 x 443)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 2001, pp. 283, 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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