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  • image SM Adam volume 3/16

Reference number

SM Adam volume 3/16


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


Elevation of a pier glass mirror frame as Adam volume 20/256, but with the addition of a pencil-drawn wreath around the mask in the apron, and in the upper portion of the frame is shown a pencil-drawn fan arranged around a segmental medallion, and flanked by enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1784
    datable to 1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and Indian yellow and sepia washes in laid paper (261 x 396)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Cartouche surmounted by fleur de lis


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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