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SM Adam volume 20/255


[3] Design for picture frames, 1784, possibly executed


Elevation of a coved wall with ornamental frames arranged in the upper register across a central doorway. The arrangement is formed with a central rectangular frame flanked by smaller rectangular frames. Above this there is a central oval frame, surrounded by military trophies. This is flanked by roundels, each linked with festoons and ribbons. Below the central frames there are three small rectangular frames, each flanked by small oval frames


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Mr Alderman Boydell (in pencil) / 255

Signed and dated

  • June 1784
    [Adelphi] (crossed through) / June 12t 1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including yellow ochre, Naples yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (364 x 473)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1990, p. 95, 98
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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