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SM Adam volume 6/48


[18] Finished drawing for a tripod, c1775-83, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a tripod candelabra, supported by winged griffons, and with a base ornamented with an oval medallion, a lion mask, festoons and rosettes, surmounted by a fluted socle, supporting a tripod with tapering legs, ornamented with hoof feet, candle branches, and ram masks, and with a central turned leg, supporting an urn ornamented with gadrooning and guilloche


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1775-83
    datable to 1775-83

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including cerulean blue and sepia on laid paper (318 x 513)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


Harris, 2001, p. 357
King, 2001, Volume I. p. 263
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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