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image SM Adam volume 39/6

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SM Adam volume 39/6


[5] Design for the chimney wall for the drawing room, 1770-73, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a wall with a central chimneypiece with term stiles, a frieze of rinceaux and a figurative tablet, surmounted by urns, candelabra, a clock, and a Venetian window-shaped overmantel mirror frame supported by terms, and ornamented with festoons. The chimneypiece is flanked by a dado with an apron of festoons, in front of which are sofas and chairs, and above are further Venetian-window shaped mirrors ornamented with calyx, urns, medallions and lotus capital pilasters. Between the mirrors are girandoles incorporating medallions. The room has a frieze of anthemia and urns


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Drawing Room Northumberland House London (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1770-73
    datable to 1770-73

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, verdigris and Indian yellow on laid paper (1012 x 519)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


D&CBLAUW IV and XDCB within cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Harris, 1963, pp. 56, 82
Stillman, 1966, pp. 74, 94
Harris, 2001, pp. 98, 99, 344, 345
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 314
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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