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SM Adam volume 20/45


[83] Unfinished design for a pier glass frame for the Etruscan dressing room, 1775


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame, ornamented with rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbon, and surmounted by a medallion within a fluted frame, anthemia, festoons, ram masks, urns in front of military trophies, seated female figures, and a tazza


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Pier Glass for the Dressing room at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • May 1775
    Adelphi May the 15th 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, black and cerulean blue on laid paper (283 x 542)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 83
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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