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SM Adam volume 20/75


[5] Preliminary design for a pier glass for the back parlour, 1770


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame, alternatively ornamented with a serpentine ribbon, and calyx, or by scrolls, calyx, arabesques, and anthemia, and with projecting corners, and with a term in profile on each side, supporting a drop of calyx, and with an apron of swags flanking a mask, and surmounted by an oval medallion, flanked by rinceaux, urns, calyx, festoons and surmounted by an urn and anthemion


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 1 foot


For the back Parlor for Sir Rob.t Rich in Grosvenor Sqr.

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (243 x 417)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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