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image SM Adam volume 20/39

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SM Adam volume 20/39


[9] Finished drawing for an overmantel for the front drawing room, 1770-71


Elevation of an overmantel, tripartite mirror frame similar to Adam volume 3/68, articulated by turned columns, ornamented with spiral fluting, acanthus leaves, enclosed rosettes, festoons, and candle branches, with a top rail of laurel leaf tips, with an apron of festoons and a central ram mask, and surmounted by arabesques, festoons, urns, seated female figures, and a central oval medallion flanked by winged griffons, and anthemia


not to scale

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (409 x 583)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


XD&C within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 35
Harris, 1963, p. 54
Harris, 2000, p. 43
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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