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SM Adam volume 18/64 verso


[99] Preliminary design for an overmantel mirror frame for Mr and Mrs Child's bedchamber, 1779, unexecuted


(Recto) Design for a commode panel (verso) elevation of a rectangular overmantel mirror frame, ornamented with beading, and surmounted by festoons, putti, an oval medallion, and an eagle, and with part of a preliminary design for a pavement at the bottom of the sheet


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 1 foot


Mr Childs Bed Chamber Chimney Glass at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (448 x 838)


Robert Adam


Harris, 1963, p. 51
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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