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SM Adam volume 20/137


[28] Record drawing for mirror frames for the great drawing room, 1774, as executed


Elevation of a Venetian window-shaped mirror frame, articulated by pilasters ornamented with anthemia enclosed within figure-of-eight, and surmounted by top rails of enclosed anthemia, and the whole is surmounted by a segmental fan ornamented with festoons, calyx and anthemia, and set within a segmental-headed recess, leaving space below, presumably for a sofa, and with some pencil-drawn ornamentation supported by the base rail


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Glass for Recess on each side of Chimney in the Great / Drawing room at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Sqr

Signed and dated

  • 27/07/1774
    Adelphi / 27t. July 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (291 x 438)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




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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