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SM Adam volume 17/147


[2] Design for a fire screen for Lady Mills, 1778, executed status unknown


Elevation of an oval fire screen, with a frame ornamented with laurel leaf tips, and beading, with an apron of acanthus leaves, rosettes, and a shell-shaped fan, and surmounted by two seated figures, flanking an oval roundel supporting a tazza


to a scale, possibly full size


Fire Screen / for Lady Mills

Signed and dated

  • 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia wash on laid paper (375 x 636)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
Harris, 1963, Index p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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