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SM Adam volume 50/61


[12] Design for the walls for stairwell, 1772, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-storey wall, with a central urn-filled niche on the ground floor, surmounted by a medallion and festoon, and flanked by doors with rectangular overdoor panels, and on the first storey is a large medallion, within a frame ornamented with terms, festoons, an anthemion within a scrolled heart as the apron, and surmounted by an urn, and flanked by rectangular panels containing medallions enclosed within wreaths; and on the second storey are two doors behind a balustrade, and in between is a wall ornament composed of a tablet containing rinceaux, with an apron of festoons, and surmounted by an urn flanked by winged sphinxes


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Section of one side of Staircase opposite windows / for Lord Bective

Signed and dated

  • 24/01/1772
    Janry 24t 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (301 x 489)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1973, note to pls. 15-18
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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