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image SM Adam volume 20/240

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SM Adam volume 20/240


[9] Unfinished design for a tripartite mirror frame, c1783, unexecuted


Elevation of a tripartite mirror frame with Doric pilaster stiles, surmounted by a central figurative tablet depicting a chariot bearing a draped figure, and this is flanked by cameos ornamented with putti riding hippocampi. The central panel is surmounted by a rectangular compartment containing a semi-circular mirror. Above this there are rosettes and a mirrored panel ornamented with arched bands. All this is surmounted by a central anthemion flanked by acorns


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Mr. Weaver / 240 / (and in pencil) one pair of stairs room at Mr Weavers and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, pink and Indian yellow on laid paper (295 x 421)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
Harris, 1963, p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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