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SM Adam volume 20/19


[18] Design for a mirror frame for the great room, 1765


Elevation of a rectangular mirror frame ornamented with anthemia, and a shell and acanthus leaves at the base, and surmounted by anthemia, rosettes and acanthus leaves scrolling into arabesques


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for the Drawing room at Bowood

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (291 x 445)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
Harris, 1963, Index p. 48
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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