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SM Adam volume 20/155


[6] Finished drawing for a mirror frame between the doors in the drawing room, 1776, unexecuted


Elevation of a tripartite mirror frame, articulated by narrow terms, ornamented with drops of calyx, and with the central portion of the top rail being higher than the portions flanking it, containing a fan composed of calyx, and surmounted by winged sphinxes flanking a medallion and naturalistic anthemion


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame between Doors in Doctor Warrens Drawing room

Signed and dated

  • 1776
    Adelphi / June 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (290 x 406)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
Harris, 1963, Index p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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