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image SM Adam volume 20/253

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/253

Purpose

[1] Design for ornamentation of a picture frame, 1784, possibly executed

Aspect

Elevation of a picture frame surmounted by ornamentation, with a central portrait oval surmounted by crenellations forming a mural crown, and flanked by a recumbent lion and unicorn surrounded by military trophies. There are further portrait rondels to the left and right, surmounted by a stag with a thistle, and a lion with a rose respectively, and each of the portraits are linked with festoons

Scale

bar scale of ¾ inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design of an Ornament for the top of a picture frame for Mr Alderman Boydell / 253

Signed and dated

  • April 1784
    Robt Adam 1784 / April 3.d 1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow, cerulean blue, pink and olive green on laid paper (517 x 372)

Hand

Probably
Robert Adam

Verso

Preliminary design (red chalk) as Adam volume 20/253

Watermark

IV

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1990, p. 93, 97
Ballew Neff, 1996, p. 68
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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