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SM Adam volume 3/14


[2] Design for an overmantel mirror frame for the front drawing room, c1789


Elevation of an overmantel mirror frame with stiles formed with paired Ionic pilasters, ornamented with bands of anthemia. At the base of the stiles there are three-branch candelabra, with bases formed with fans, surmounted by urns ornamented with lion masks and a band of fluting, and supporting anthemia and tubular flowers. Above this there are bands of anthemia, enclosed within lozenges, and this has an apron of peltoid shields, which suspend drop calyx, festoons of beading and rosettes within roundels. The capitals contain urns flanked by winged griffins, and the frieze contains a central figurative tablet. The mirror frame is surmounted by a central urn, ornamented with anthemia and fluting, and this is flanked by recumbent, winged sphinxes, and further urns


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Glass frame over the Chimney Piece in the front Drawing room at The Lord Chief Barons in Great George Street and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including cerulean blue, Indian yellow and pink on laid paper (309 x 521)


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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