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image SM Adam volume 20/31

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SM Adam volume 20/31


[1] Design for a commode and pier glass frame, 1767


Elevation of a commode, ornamented with circular and rectangular panels containing rosettes and calyx, guilloche, beading, fluting, enclosed rosettes, and Vitruvian scroll, surmounted by a pier glass frame ornamented with fluting, laurel leaves, calyx, arabesques, enclosed rosettes, festoons, and an urn, and surmounted by arabesques, acanthus leaves, calyx, rosettes, and a medallion containing putti, and with pencil-drawn annotations


to a scale


For Lord Frederick Campbell and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (292 x 453)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
Harris, 1963, pp. 48, 78
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.


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