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Adam built Apsley House from 1771 for the 1st Lord Apsley, later 2nd Earl Bathurst, the famously inefficient Lord Chancellor. The house was at the western end of Piccadilly, giving rise to the house’s popular name ‘No.1 London’. This delicate mirror is typical of Adam’s work in the late 1770s. Almost all of Adam’s interiors were lost because the house was drastically re-modelled when given to the 1st Duke of Wellington (in gratitude for saving the nation from Napoleon).
Two classical maidens tend a Sacred Flame on the medallion, while other motifs of fire and water are also used, in a design that is simple and elegant.
(Please see the March 2014 edition of 'World of Interiors' magazine for an article by Sopie Barling about Robert Adam and our collaboration with the Sir John Soane's Museum.)