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SM Adam volume 20/79


[48] Preliminary design for a mirror frame, 1770, executed status unknown


Elevation of an oval, fluted mirror frame, with an apron of rosettes, and festoons, and surmounted by rinceaux, flanking a mask, surmounted by a fan, and an anthemion


bar scale of 2 3/10 inches to 1 foot


Mr Weddell (in pencil) / Glass frame for William Weddell Esqr and some measurements in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (291 x 425)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
Harris, 1963, Index p. 51
Harris, 2001, p. 357
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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