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SM Adam volume 23/181


[1] Design for a chimneypiece for an unknown dining room, ND, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece with stiles containing panels ornamented by drop calyx. The capitals contain urns, are flanked by scroll work, and have aprons of acanthus leaves. The frieze is ornamented with a mask enclosed within a wreath crossed by thyrsi, and this is flanked by further wreaths. Above the frieze there is a band of acanthus leaves


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Mr O Byrne Dining Parlour Pall Mall / 18

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (341 x 242)


Office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 43
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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