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SM Adam volume 20/12


[10] Design for pier glass frame for the gallery, 1765, as executed


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame, ornamented with drops of calyx, strigils, acanthus leaves, rosettes, anthemia, with an apron of acanthus leaves, rosettes, and an anthemion, and surmounted by acanthus leaves, anthemia, rosettes, and an urn enclosed within a wreath, and with pencil-drawn annotations showing a different arrangement around the urn


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Frame for a Glass of 8 feet 8 Ins by 5 feet / for Sir Laurence Dundass Bart / Surbase Moulding

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow and sepia on laid paper (373 x 560)


Adam office hands, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


Harris, 1963, pp. 53, 77
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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