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SM Adam volume 20/30


[2] Record drawing of a mirror frame, 1766


Elevation of a rectangular mirror frame, with a fluted frame ornamented with spirally bound acanthus leaves, and with paired candle branches attached to the right-hand side of the frame, composed of tubular flowers, and supported by acanthus leaves, and the frame has an apron of acanthus leaves, rosettes, and festoons, and is surmounted by acanthus leaves, rosettes, festoons, calyx, and a central anthemion


to a scale


For John Luke Niccol Esqr (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (291 x 406)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


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



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