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image SM Adam volume 20/239

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SM Adam volume 20/239


[85] Design for a pier glass for an unknown room, c1779; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a tripartite pier glass mirror frame, supported by a pencil-drawn commode, and articulated by tapering pilasters, supported by a band of Vitruvian scroll, above a lower compartment articulated by ram legs ornamented with ram masks, and containing fans and festoons, and the frame us surmounted by a top rail ornamented with an oval medallion, and supporting urns, and calyx-shaped crockets


bar scale of 1 ¼ inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for G. F. Hesse Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (235 x 361)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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



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