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image SM Adam volume 6/14

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SM Adam volume 6/14


[82] Preliminary design for a mirror frame for an unknown room, c1779; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of an oval mirror frame, with an apron composed of a central ram mask, surmounted by an anthemion, and flanked by festoons and candle branches, and the frame is surmounted by winged half-sphinxes, flanked by lozenge-shaped wall brackets supporting candle branches, and connected to the sphinxes by festoons, and the sphinxes are surmounted by a tablet of anthemia, supporting an oval medallion enclosed within a wreath


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


G. Hesse Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (271 x 199)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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