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SM Adam volume 20/256


[3] Preliminary design for a pier glass frame, 1784; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a pier glass mirror frame, supported by thin Ionic pilasters stiles; with a base rail ornamented with guilloche, a tablet, and an apron composed of a mask flanked by festoons; and the frame is surmounted by a medallion, flanked by festoons and turned shafts, surmounted by a top rail supporting acroteria, and an urn supported by sphinxes


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Mr Nettleships pier (in pencil) / baseline and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • February 1784
    Febry 1784.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (295 x 467)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Cartouche surmounted by fleur de lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
Harris, 1963, p. 49
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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