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  • image SM Adam volume 20/69

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/69


[9] Record drawing of the mirror in the great drawing room, 1769, as executed with alterations


Elevation of a rectangular fluted mirror frame surmounted by an urn, mermaids and arabesques, and with a half-figure of Neptune within a shell flanked by arabesques at the base


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to a foot


Glass frame for the great Drawing room at Saltram / Gla Dr [cropped] and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (275 x 453)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 27
For full literature references see scheme notes.



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