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SM Adam volume 20/58


[5] Preliminary design for a girandole, 1772, unexecuted


Elevation of a fluted oval mirror frame, with an urn in front, hung from a drop of calyx, and flanked by paired candle branches, and the frame has an apron composed of a tapering wall bracket, ornamented with gadrooning, festoons, and ram masks, and the frame is surmounted by acanthus leaves, figure-of-eight winged terms enclosing an enclosed rosette, and surmounted by a tubular flower, supporting seahorses, rinceaux, and an anthemion, and the whole is hung from a lion mask, flanked by rinceaux, and surmounted by an anthemion


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Girandole for Paul Methuen Esqr

Signed and dated

  • April 1772
    Adelphi / 16t Ap. 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (205 x 458)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or William Hamilton


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



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