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SM Adam volume 20/134


[9] Design for a pier glass frame for the first drawing room, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame, ornamented with stiff leaf, and surmounted by arabesques, supporting a fluted band, with an apron of festoons and ram masks, with a central oval medallion flanked by winged sphinxes, and surmounted by an anthemion, and with a full size pencil-drawn detail of the stiff leaf, shown in elevation and profile, to the right-hand side of the sheet


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


For the 1st Drawing room at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Square

Signed and dated

  • 27/07/1774
    Adelphi / 27t. July 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (291 x 433)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55
Harris, 2001, pp. 284, 362
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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