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SM Adam volume 20/172


[40] Design for a pier glass frame for Lady Bathurst's dressing room / third drawing room, 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame ornamented with acanthus leaves, and surmounted by a pedestal ornamented with a medallion, a band of enclosed anthemia, ram masks and husks. The pedestal is flanked by reclining draped figures, and supports an urn ornamented with festoons and a wreath


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Design of a Glass frame for the Pier in Lady Bathurst’s’ Dressing room

Signed and dated

  • January 1778
    Adelphi / 31st Janry 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (288 x 447)


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, 2001(b), p. 100
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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