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SM Adam volume 20/28


[1] Finished drawing for a mirror frame for an unknown room, 1765


Elevation of an oval frame ornamented with arabesques, festoons, and with two candle branches attached, and hung from a lion mask flanked by festoons hung from tubular flowers, and supported by wreaths enclosing arabesques, calyx, and an urn


bar scale of 1 3/10 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for The Duke of Manchester at Kimbolton Castle

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including cerulean blue and Indian yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (291 x 440)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
Harris, 1963, Index p. 50
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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