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Mrs Banister: design for an overmantel mirror frame, February 1777 (1)

Signed and dated

  • 1777


This is the only known Adam design for Mrs Banister, who is otherwise unknown. Moreover, the location for which this mirror frame was commissioned is not recorded.

A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52; E. Harris, The furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, Index p. 59; W.L. Spiers, Catalogue of designs and drawings by Robert and James Adam in Sir John Soane's Museum, 1979, p. 52

Frances Sands, 2012



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