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image SM Adam volume 5/34

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SM Adam volume 5/34


[4] Working drawing for a frame, c1767-72


Elevation and section of a detail of a picture frame and a detail of a mirror frame. The picture frame is ornamented with bands of reeding bound by acanthus leaves, fluting and darts, unlobed acanthus leaves and darts, enclosed acanthus leaves and darts, and surmounted by acanthus crockets. The mirror frame is ornamented with bands of guilloche, strigils and anthemia, beading, fluting, and enclosed anthemia and darts


to a scale, appearing to be greater than full size


Part of Picture frame / at large / Part of Glass Frame at large for Paul / Methuen Esqr

Signed and dated

date range: 1767-72

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (346 x 507)


Adam office hand


Bolton, 1922, volume II, Index p. 7
Harris, 1963, p. 49
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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