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image SM Adam volume 20/154

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SM Adam volume 20/154


[10] Preliminary design for pier glass and overmantel mirror frames for the drawing room, 1776


Elevation of a rectangular mirror frame, with a tablet in the top rail containing enclosed rosettes, and swags, and surmounted by winged griffons, flanking an oval medallion, surmounted by an urn, and with pencil-drawn annotations in the top left-hand corner, showing a detail of a frame (it does not appear to be for this frame)


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for the Drawing room at Anthony Chamier Esqrs / at Epsom and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • May 1776
    Adelphi / 20t May 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (405 x 290)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
Harris, 1963, Index p. 49
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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