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Variant unfinished design and finished drawing for a pier glass frame for the Etruscan dressing room, 1775, drawing 84 executed with minor alterations (2)

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The Etruscan dressing room pier glass frame was executed in painted and gilt wood very nearly in accordance with Adam volume 20/44, and survives in situ. As in the overmantel mirror frame for the Etruscan room at Derby House (SM Adam volume 23/51), the black colouring of the frame was chosen to accord with the Etruscan decorations of the room.

Harris has noted that 'the extension of the glass into the crest, [was] a new device which seems to have attracted Adam at this moment'.

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