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SM Adam volume 20/106


[3] Finished drawing for a mirror frame for the dressing room or eating room, 1772


Elevation of an oval mirror frame, ornamented with paired bands of calyx, forming a wreath on the bottom rail, and a scrolled heart on the top rail, supported by a fluted pedestal and winged griffons, and surmounted by a tubular flower and an urn


bar scale of 2 1/4 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for Mr. Keate's Dressing room / Eating room (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 20/10/1772
    Adelphi / 20t. Octr. 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (292 x 407)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Harris, 1963, pp. 54, 87
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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