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SM Adam volume 20/6


[6] Finished drawing for a mirror frame-cum-girandole possibly for the ground storey dressing room (later the morning room), 1764


Elevation of a heart-shaped mirror frame-cum-girandole, ornamented with festoons, acanthus leaves, rosettes, anthemia, and calyx, and incorporating six candle branches


to a scale


Girandole for The Earl of Thanet

Signed and dated

  • 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including red and Indian yellow on laid paper (308 x 385)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson or James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

'Bob the Roman': Heroic Antiquity and the Architecture of Robert Adam, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 27 June - 27 September 2003; New York School of Interior Design Gallery, 29 September - 4 December 2004

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