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  • image SM Adam volume 20/244

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/244


[6] Unfinished design for a tripartite mirror frame for the great parlour, 1783, unexecuted


Elevation of a tripartite mirror fame with tapering pilaster stiles and capitals formed from rosettes and tubular flowers. There is a pedestal base formed with Doric pilasters flanking mirrored panels, and the frame is surmounted by a central compartment containing a figurative roundel and swags. The compartment is bordered by calyx, flanked by reclining figures bearing musical instruments, and is surmounted by a socle supporting an urn


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot



Signed and dated

  • May 1783
    Adelphi / 19. May 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris and cerulean blue on laid paper (294 x 430)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Unfinished design for a tripartite mirror frame (pencil) as SM Adam volume 20/244 with minor alterations, with the frame surmounted by a recumbent lion. Great Parlor at Mr Weavers, bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Banded cartouche surmounted by a fleur-de-lis


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



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