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image SM Adam volume 20/101

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/101

Purpose

[4] Finished drawing for a pier glass frame, 1771

Aspect

Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame, ornamented with foliage, and banded with spiral acanthus leaves along the bottom edge, and the bottom edge supports a tazza, and the frame is surmounted by two winged sphinxes with arabesque arms, flanking an urn with arabesque arms, and surmounted by an anthemion

Scale

bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Glass frame for Major Mayne

Signed and dated

1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (374 x 593)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Watermark

XD&CB within a cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
Harris, 1963, Index p. 58
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 395
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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