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SM Adam volume 3/36


[1] Preliminary design for an overmantel mirror frame, c1787, not known to have been executed


Rough elevation of an overmantel mirror frame, showing the top of a chimneypiece, surmounted by a circular frame, ornamented with figure-of-eight bands, a wreath, terms, festoons, an enclosed anthemion, and an eagle, and supported by winged griffons flanking an enclosed anthemion, with elaborate candelabra to either side, one of which feeds into an outer border to the frame


not to scale


Mr Hamilton / St Martins Lane / Pannel / Chimney

Signed and dated

  • c1787
    datable to c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (325 x 479)


Robert Adam


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Harris, 1963, Index p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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