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image SM Adam volume 20/68

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SM Adam volume 20/68


[50] Alternative preliminary design for a pier glass frame for the eating room, 1770, as executed


Elevation of an oval mirror frame, with an apron of rinceau, and a central shell, and surmounted by half figures, rinceau, an urn surmounted by an anthemion, and hung from a lion mask enclosed within a fan


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for Lord Coventry / from top of Pa[cropped] / to Cornice

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (289 x 439)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, Index p. 57
Murdoch, 1992, p. 47
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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