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SM Adam volume 20/108


[13] Design for an overmantel mirror frame, 1773


Elevation of a tripartite overmantel mirror frame, articulated by tapering terms, supported by urns, and the terms support candle branches, and with pencil-drawn candle branches shown in alternative locations, and the terms support a stretcher with an apron of crockets, surmounted by shafts composed of calyx, tubular flowers, anthemia, and urns, between which there is a fan in the central compartment, and peltoid shields hung from festoons in the outer compartments, and with a fluted top rail, surmounted by pinecones, anthemia supported by arabesques, and winged griffons flanking an urn on a tripod base


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for George Keate Esqr.

Signed and dated

  • 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes on laid paper (292 x 461)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


IV surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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



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