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SM Adam volume 20/170


[24] Design for an overmantel mirror frame for the great drawing room (now the portico room), 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of an overmantel mirror frame surmounted by a central figurative medallion which is part enclosed within a fan surrounded by ram masks and festoons. Above this, there is an urn ornamented with gadroons. All of this is flanked by crockets and alternative designs of festoons and corner tripods supporting urns


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Design of a Glass frame to be placed over the Chimney in the Drawing room at Bathurst House and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • January 1778
    Adelphi / 31st Janry 1778.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue (290 x 454)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


It is not known whether this design was executed.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, p. 57
Harris, 2001(b), p. 100
Lea, 2005, p. 11
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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