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image SM Adam volume 20/98

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/98

Purpose

[167] Design for a pier glass for an unknown house, 1772; it is not known if this design was executed

Aspect

Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame, ornamented with alternating calyx and anthemia, enclosed within borders of beading, and surmounted by tubular flowers and arabesques, supporting an oval mirror, ornamented with crockets, and enclosed within a wreath, and with a flier showing the frame surmounted by an alternative pencil-drawn design, composed of winged griffons, flanked by a billowing urn supported by a strigilated pedestal

Scale

bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Glass frame for the / Adelphi / and very feint pencil inscriptions including _____ vary (?) it / _ the frame at / ____ Angel (?) / (?) ____

Signed and dated

1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (292 x 439 (flier 157 x 75)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with pencil annotations in the hand of Robert Adam

Watermark

LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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