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SM Adam volume 3/97


[5] Preliminary design for an alternative pier glass for the bedroom, 1787, not known to have been executed


Elevation of a mirror frame, with narrow Corinthian (?) columns, with a detail of an alternative Ionic capital drawn on the left-hand side, with a base rail ornamented with a rosette enclosed within a wreath, and with an apron of festoons, and the frame has a central tablet in the top rail, surmounted by a flanking urn, flanked by anthemia


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Mr. Hamilton[cropped] and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1787
    datable to 1787

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (224 x 289)


Robert Adam


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



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