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image SM Adam volume 22/55

Reference number

SM Adam volume 22/55

Purpose

[9] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece and overmantel mirror frame for the drawing room, 1773, showing an unexecuted scheme for the chimneypiece and the overmantel mirror frame as executed with alterations

Aspect

Elevation of a chimneypiece and overmantel mirror frame. The chimneypiece is ornamented with drops composed of masks, peltoid shields, cameos, lanterns, and calyx in the stiles, and there are L-shaped compartments running from the stiles to the frieze, ornamented with naturalistic anthemia, and urns enclosed within festoons of beading, and with a tablet ornamented with oval medallions flanked by urns. The overmantel mirror frame is a variant of Adam volume 20/17, but with pedestal compartments ornamented with swags, rosettes and sphinxes, and the terms are surmounted by cameos, female figures instead of urns, urns instead of tubular flowers, a slightly different arrangement of rinceaux and bell flower festoons, and the medallion is flanked by gadrooning supporting a lion, a unicorn, trophies and a ducal crown

Scale

bar scale of 1 ¾ inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Chimney Piece for the Drawing room at Northumberland House

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (358 x 600)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Watermark

PVL

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Stillman, 1966, p. 93
Harris, 2001, p. 345
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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