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image SM Adam volume 20/237

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/237


[22] Alternative record drawing for a mirror in the dining room, 1780


Elevation of an oval fluted mirror frame ornamented with an anthemion base from which spring arabesques and candle branches, surmounted by an oval medallion decorated with acanthus leaves and suspended from a circular medallion flanked by festoons


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Glass frame for the Pier opposite the Chimney in the / Eating room at Saltram

Signed and dated

  • November 1780
    Adelphi / 22nd Novr 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (277 x 442)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 27
Harris, 2001, p. 241
For full literature references see scheme notes.



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