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SM Adam volume 3/1


[1] Design for a pier glass frame for the front drawing room, c1789


Elevation of a mirror frame, surmounted by a fluted socle supporting a figurative oval, surmounted by an anthemion. This is flanked by recumbent, winged sphinxes and arabesques, and all is linked by festoons of husks


to a scale


Design of a Glass frame for the Piers in the Front Drawing Room at The Lord Chief Barons in Great George Street- and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, cerulean blue and pink on laid paper (325 x 464)


Office hand




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 37
Harris, 1963, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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