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SM Adam volume 20/29


[1] Finished drawing for a pier glass frame, 1766


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame, ornamented with rinceaux around the frame, with an apron of acanthus leaves, anthemia, enclosed half paterae, and calyx, and up each side is a drop of calyx hung from a volute, surmounted by a bust, and the frame is surmounted by a shell, flanked by rinceau and rosettes, and surmounted by a tubular flower supporting an anthemion


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Glass frame for John Luke Niccol Esqr and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (268 x 416)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
Harris, 1963, Index p. 59
Harris, 2001, p. 341
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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