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image SM Adam volume 20/55

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/55

Purpose

[1] Record drawing of a mirror frame for the picture gallery, 1767, executed with minor alterations

Aspect

Elevation of a rectangular mirror frame, with the frame ornamented with unlobed acanthus leaves, anthemia and strigils, flanked by drops of calyx, terms, and festoons ornamenting the side of the frame, supported by winged sphinxes, with rinceau tails, flanking anthemia, and on a base ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and swags, and the frame is surmounted by rinceaux, rosettes, winged griffons, and surmounted by a tazza

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Glass frame for Paul Methuen Esqr

Signed and dated

1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (289 x 456)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or William Hamilton

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
Harris, 1963, pp. 49, 77-78
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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