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SM Adam volume 20/207


[63] Design for a picture frame, 1779


Elevation of a picture frame alternatively ornamented with corner arabesques surmounted by shells, and borders of laurel leaf tips and fluting. The frame is surmounted by a shield enclosed within a wreath surrounded by trophies, and has an apron of festoons


to a scale


Design of a Picture frame for Sir Abraham Hume Bart. / Adelphi / 20. July 1779 / 207

Signed and dated

  • July 1779
    Adelphi / 20. July 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (539 x 362)


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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