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SM Adam volume 20/180


[23] Design for a mirror frame for the drawing room, 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of a mirror frame, surmounted by corner pedestals bearing urns, and a central figurative roundel, flanked by winged sphinxes supporting cornices. The cornices are ornamented with corner anthemia and crockets, and the roundel is surmounted by arabesques supporting an urn


bar scale of 1 3/8 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for the Drawing room at Mistley Hall / 180

Signed and dated

  • 1778
    Adelphi / August 1778-

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, Naples yellow and violet on laid paper (245 x 428)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
Harris, 1963, p. 50
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 249
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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