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SM Adam volume 20/198


[18] Finished drawing for an overmantel mirror frame for the octagonal room, 1777


Elevation of a rectangular, segmental-headed overmantel mirror frame, ornamented with a border enclosed anthemia, and in the segmental head there is an urn flanked by half putti, with a border composed of a fan containing enclosed rosettes and calyx


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Glass frame over Octagonal room Chimney for George Keate Esqr.

Signed and dated

  • 1777
    datable to 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washed including yellow ochre and cerulean blue on laid paper (298 x 448)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




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



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