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SM Adam volume 6/103


[14] Preliminary design for an overmantel for the back drawing room, 1771, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a tripartite mirror frame, with urns along the base rail, and articulated by terms, holding festoons, and the terms are surmounted by two panels of Vitruvian scroll, winged sphinxes, and turned pedestals supporting an upper rail, which has an apron of anthemia, festoons, a medallion, and a peltoid shield, and surmounted by anthemia, urns, winged griffons, and seated female figures flanking an urn


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (320 x 302)


Robert Adam


Harris, 1963, p. 54
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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