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SM Adam volume 20/117


[19] Finished drawing for a picture frame for an unknown room, 1773; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a square fluted frame ornamented with enclosed rosettes, terms in profile; and with an apron composed of a wreath and festoons; and surmounted by a medallion flanked by putti, festoons, trophies and foliage, and surmounted by an anthemion


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Picture frame for Sir Rowland Winn Baronet

Signed and dated

  • 15/03/1773
    Adelphi / 15t. March 1773.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes of Dutch yellow and sepia on laid paper (292 x 407)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Harris, 1963, p. 51
Sands, 2012, Volume 2, pp. 185, 187
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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