- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Harris has called the first design a 'precursor of the overmantel mirror designed two years later for the Glass Drawing Room at Northumberland House', being more like a wall ornament than a mirror frame. The second design, she has noted, comprises Adam's first known use of seated female figures on top of a frame - a device which Adam later used regularly, including on the pier glass in the Etruscan dressing room at Osterley.
Within the National Trust drawing collection at Osterley Park there are designs for a console table and pier glass, and for a girandole for the front drawing room. Both designs were executed in pairs in c1765-70, probably by John Linnell. The console tables and pier glasses were sold at Christies on 23 May 2012.
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Contents of Alternative preliminary design and finished drawings for an overmantel for the front drawing room, 1770-71 (3)
-  Finished drawing for an overmantel for the front drawing room, 1770
-  Preliminary design for an overmantel for the front drawing room, 1771
-  Finished drawing for an overmantel for the front drawing room, 1770-71