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SM Adam volume 6/30


[1] Preliminary design for a girandole for the drawing room, 1775, executed status unknown


Rough elevation of a girandole, composed of a mask, surmounted by a fluted tubular flower-shaped wall bracket, ornamented with gadrooning, and lambrequins enclosing drops of calyx, and surmounted by winged sphinxes, and a fluted socle supporting an enclosed urn, from which spring two candle branches, and this surmounted by a wreath, an urn ornamented with spiral fluting, and ram masks, flanked by festoons, and surmounted by putti supporting a tazza


to a rough scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Manner proposed to enlarge / the Girandole to make / it proportionable to the / Side of the Room opposite / to the Chimney in the / Drawing room of / Sr Thos Mills’s house

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    R.A. 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (209 x 318)


Robert Adam


Harris, 1963, Index p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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