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SM Adam volume 20/136


[29] Design for a pier glass frame for the great drawing room, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a rectangular pier glass frame, ornamented with stiff leaf, and surmounted by female figures seated on a strigilated pedestal, and holding festoons, flanking an oval medallion containing an urn, which is surmounted by an urn


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


For the 3d. Drawing room at Lord Stanley's in / Grosvenor Square and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (255 x 435)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55
Harris, 2001, p. 363
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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