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SM Adam volume 20/203


[13] Design for an overmantel mirror frame for the first drawing room, 1779, possibly executed


Elevation of a tripartite, overmantel mirror frame with a base formed by paired pedestals, ornamented with ram masks and paterae enclosed within fans, and supporting winged sphinxes bearing candelabra. Between the pedestals, there is a band of rosettes with an apron of beading, forming festoons. The frame has paired Ionic pilaster stiles, and capitals containing rosettes, and with a band of fluting above. The central compartment has a frieze of enclosed anthemia, and a central cameo draped by festoons. The frame is surmounted by a basket flanked by putti and corner urns


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Glass frame over Chimney Piece in first room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street / 203

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1779
    Adelphi / 11. Janry 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, cerulean blue and pink on laid paper (256 x 498)


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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