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SM Adam volume 3/78


[3] Preliminary design for a mirror frame for an unknown room, c1774


Elevation of a rectangular mirror frame, ornamented with enclosed rosettes and laurel leaf tips, and surmounted by an arch composed of calyx and arabesques of ribbon enclosing rosettes, surmounted by an anthemion, and this is overdrawn with pencil arabesques


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Glass Frame for Mathew Duane Esqr. / Glass / Glass / Glass / The pateras to be oval & all of one size the angles filled with a husk and some measurements given / See Plate 147 Vol 20 (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

  • datable to c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (240 x 362)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 54
Harris, 1963, Index p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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