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SM Adam volume 20/201


[59] Design for an overmantel mirror frame, 1779, possibly executed


Elevation of a tripartite overmantel mirror frame, ornamented with ram masks, festoons of husks and bands of laurel leaf tips. The central compartment is surmounted by an urn, enclosed within a wreath, and flanked by griffins with tails forming arabesques


to a scale


Glass frame over Chimney Piece in the Eating room at Sir Abraham Humes in Hill Street / 201 / (and in pencil) N / O / N / N / O / N

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1779
    Adelphi / 11. Janry 1779-

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (296 x 435)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Harris, 1963, p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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