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image SM Adam volume 20/134

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/134

Purpose

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

Aspect

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

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

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)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Watermark

LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

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.

Level

Drawing

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