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image SM Adam volume 20/97

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/97

Purpose

[35] Finished drawing for a mirror frame for the study, 1772; it is not known if this design was executed

Aspect

Elevation of a rectangular, segmental-topped mirror frame, ornamented with stiff leaf, and with a cross bar supporting winged griffons with arabesque tails, flanking an anthemion, and with an apron of segmental enclosed rosettes, festoons, lamps, and a peltoid shield, and the curved top rail has an apron of festoons, held by terms, and is surmounted by a tablet of swags, anthemia, arabesques, a wreath enclosing an anthemion, and an urn surmounted by an anthemion

Scale

bar scales of 3/5 inch to 1 foot and 1 3/5 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Glass frame for Messrs. Adam at the Adelphi

Signed and dated

1772.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (292 x 452)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Watermark

IHS IVILLEDARY

Literature

For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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