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SM Adam volume 3/90


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


Elevation of a tripartite mirror frame, with a pedestal, projecting in the end bays, and ornamented with swags and ram masks, and above the pedestal the bays are articulated by tapering terms, surmounted by tubular flowers, calyx, and urns, with the central bay arched by a festoon surmounted by an urn, and supporting an urn and a rosette enclosed by wreaths


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Glass Frame for Matthew Duane Esqr. / (and in pencil) Glass / Glass / Glass / Glass / Glass

Signed and dated

  • datable to c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (254 x 446)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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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