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SM Adam volume 20/13


[9] Design for pier glass frame for the gallery, 1765, unexecuted


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass, ornamented with arabesques, and rosettes, with an apron of acanthus leaves, rosettes, festoons, and wreaths, and surmounted by acanthus leaves, calyx, rosettes, a shell, a tubular flower, and an anthemion, and with feint annotations in pencil


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for Sir Laurence Dundass

Signed and dated

  • 1765
    Robt Adam Architect 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (318 x 503)


Adam office hands, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


Harris, 1963, pp. 53, 77
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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