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  • image SM Adam volume 20/56

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/56


[3] Alternative record drawing for a mirror frame, for the cabinet room, 1772, executed with alterations


Elevation of a rectangular mirror frame, with the frame ornamented with anthemia, and calyx, with an apron of a tazza, supported by a band of guilloche accompanied by ram masks, and festoons, and surmounted by figures flanking an enclosed urn, supporting rinceaux, a tubular flower, and an anthemion


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for Paul Methuen Esqr

Signed and dated

  • March 1772
    Adelphi / 6 March 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (292 x 404)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
Harris, 1963, pp. 49, 80-81
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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