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SM Adam volume 20/48


[67] Finished drawing for an overmantel mirror frame for the state bedchamber, 1777, executed with alterations


Elevation of a rectangular overmantel mirror frame, with a frame ornamented with enclosed anthemia and beading, and surmounted by putti holding festoons, and flanking an oval figurative medallion surmounted by an eagle


bar scale of 1 3/10 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Glass Frame to be placed over the Chimney in the Bed Chamber at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • April 1777
    Adelphi / 24t Apl 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including lemon yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (364 x 601)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, p. 51
Harris, 2001, p. 174
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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