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image SM Adam volume 20/9

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SM Adam volume 20/9


[77] Record drawing for alternative mirror and girandoles for a window pier in the drawing room, 1767


Half drawn elevation of a girandole of candle branches arranged around an oval mirror, ornamented with acanthus leaves, festoons, and hung from a mask on figure-of-eight bell flowers enclosing anthemia, unexecuted


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Girandole for the Great Drawing room at Kedleston

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (191 x 406)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1963, Index p. 50
Harris, 1987, p. 40
Harris, 2001, pp. 29, 337
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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