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SM Adam volume 20/254


[2] Alternative design for ornamentation of a picture frame, 1784


Elevation of a picture frame surmounted by a central oval portrait frame with a ribbon and cartouche inscribed Copley / 1784. The portrait is draped with festoons, and there are military trophies set behind


bar scale of ¾ inches to 1 foot


Mr. Alderman Boydell / 254

Signed and dated

  • April 1784
    April 6t / 1784.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow, cerulean blue, olive green and pink on laid paper (543 x 383)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1990, p. 94, 97
Ballew Neff, 1996, p. 68
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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