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SM Adam volume 3/12


[37] Design for an overmantel mirror frame, c1784, possibly executed


Elevation of an overmantel mirror frame, with a mirrored compartment and paired Doric pilaster stiles, capitals containing paterae, and a frieze ornamented with a rosette enclosed within a wreath, flanked by winged sphinxes and quarter-fans. Above this there is an oval frame set within a band of enclosed anthemia, and this is flanked by tapering herm pilasters, bearing festoons of husks, and by Doric pilasters. The overmantel mirror frame has a frieze of calyx supporting anthemia, enclosed within semi-circular bands of husks


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Brasted Place Kent / Dr John Turton / See also No 8 & 9 (all in pencil, modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, cerulean blue, pink and Payne's Grey (276 x 435)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Banded cartouche surmounted by fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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