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image SM Adam volume 3/83

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SM Adam volume 3/83


[34] Preliminary design for a mirror frame for the study, c1772; it is not known if this design was executed


Rough elevation of a rectangular segmental-topped mirror frame, ornamented with cross bar supporting winged griffons flanking an anthemion, and with an apron of segmental enclosed rosettes, festoons, and a peltoid shield, and the curved top rail supports terms within a rectangular frame, surmounted by anthemia, arabesques, and an urn


not to scale


For the Study at the Adelphi

Signed and dated

  • 1772
    datable to 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (147 x 204)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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