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SM Adam volume 20/7


[1] Preliminary design for a mirror frame, 1765


Elevation of an oval mirror, the frame ornamented with figure-of-eight foliage, arabesques, rosettes, and an anthemion, and with two candle branches attached. The frame is hung from a lion mask, flanked by arabesques with an apron of festoons, by a rope ornamented with a bow


bar scale of 1 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Glass frame for Lady Betty Macfarlane

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (241 x 422)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or Giuseppe Sacco, and the title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
Harris, 1963, Index p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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