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SM Adam volume 20/78


[49] Finished drawing for a pier glass frame, 1770, executed status unknown


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass, with a fluted frame, ornamented with enclosed rosettes, beading, egg and dart moulding, drops of calyx hung from consoles supporting terms holding the ends of festoons, which are hung from lion masks on the top rail, and with an apron of rinceaux acanthus leaves, rosettes, and anthemia, and surmounted by rinceaux acanthus leaves, rosettes, and anthemia


Glass frame for William Weddell Esqr at Newby

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (287 x 600)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
Harris, 2001, p. 357
Harris, 1963, Index p. 51 and p. 80
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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