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Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/205


[36] Design for an overmantel mirror frame for the second drawing room, 1779, possibly executed


Elevation of a tripartite mirror frame, with paired, herm pilaster stiles ornamented with calyx, and these flank urns surmounted by arabesques and a contiguous band of wreaths enclosing calyx. The capitals form socles, which are ornamented with fans and surmounted by winged sphinxes. The central compartment is surmounted by a fluted socle ornamented with an ox skull and swags, and bearing a harp, flanked by winged putti. Below this there is an apron of festoons of calyx, and drop calyx with pendent rosettes and a peltoid shield


to a scale


Glass frame over Chimney Piece in second room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street / 205

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1779
    Adelphi / 11. Janry 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (299 x 473)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


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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