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SM Adam volume 20/147


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


Elevation of a rectangular mirror frame, ornamented with oval enclosed rosettes, and calyx and arabesques in the corners, and surmounted by tubular flowers and calyx, flanking a composition of rinceaux, arabesques, calyx, rosettes, a tubular flower, and an anthemion


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


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

Signed and dated

  • datable to c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (229 x 365)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


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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