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SM Adam volume 20/247


[1] Finished drawing for a pier glass frame, 1783; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame, with a fluted and beaded frame. Along the bottom rail is a tablet containing lozenges and an enclosed rosette, and with an apron of festoons and ram masks. The top rail is ornamented with a tablet containing three enclosed rosettes, and festoons, and the frame is surmounted by sphinxes with rinceaux tails flanking an oval medallion surmounted by an anthemion


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Design of a Glass frame for John Kenrick Esqr. / to suit the Glasses mark’d A

Signed and dated

  • 1783
    Adelphi and datable to 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and sepia on laid paper (324 x 446)


Adam office hand, probably Robert Morison


JKOOL surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 55
Harris, 1963, p. 47
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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