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image SM Adam volume 20/243

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SM Adam volume 20/243


[12] Design for an overmantel mirror frame, c1783, unexecuted


Elevation of an overmantel, five-part mirror frame with tapering pilaster stiles, with bases ornamented with rosettes, and fluted capitals bearing miniature tablets. Above this there is a frieze of fluting, surmounted by small urns and a central mirrored compartment. The compartment has turned supports and a frieze of fluting, with an apron of calyx and festoons of beading. All this is surmounted by a figurative cameo bearing a crown, flanked by swans and urns


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Signed and dated

  • c1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (329 x 428)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


J KOOL surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Harris, 1963, p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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