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  • image SM Adam volume 24/50

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SM Adam volume 24/50


[3] Unfinished design for a chimneypiece for the ground-storey dressing room, 1776, possibly executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with Doric pilaster stiles and a capital containing a lekythos. The frieze has a central panel ornamented with rosettes and arabesques, which support an urn


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Dressing room Parlor Story in Mr Adam's House - / Fredericks Place / marble / wood / 50 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1776
    Adelphi / (and in a second hand) 1776. / August

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (404 x 292)


James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 60
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