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  • image SM Adam volume 20/41

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/41


[15] Finished drawing for an overmantel for the back drawing room, 1771, unexecuted


Elevation of an overmantel mirror frame as Adam volume 6/103, but with the terms ornamented with drops of calyx, and with no winged griffons on the top rail


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Glass in back Drawing room at Robert Child Esqrs in Berkly Square

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (376 x 569)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 35
Harris, 1963, pp. 54, 103
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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