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SM Adam volume 20/196


[3] Finished drawing for an overmantel mirror frame, c1787, not known to have been executed


Elevation of an overmantel mirror frame, with a base rail of lobes, supporting candelabra, winged griffons, and arabesques supporting an oval mirror frame composed of a wreath attended by figure-of-eight ribbons, and terms holding festoons, and the frame is surmounted by a roundel within a wreath, enclosing an anthemion, and this is flanked by festoons, and surmounted by an eagle


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c1787
    datable to c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (298 x 449)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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