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image SM Adam volume 6/139

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SM Adam volume 6/139


[11] Rough preliminary design for a hearth slab for the drawing room, 1774, unexecuted


Rough plan of a rectangular hearth slab ornamented with a grid of connected rosettes and lozenges enclosing rosettes, and with a large central enclosed patera, and a border of connected roundels


not to scale


D. of Northd Slab and some measurements given in pencil (verso) rough calculations

Signed and dated

datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (190 x 142)


Robert Adam


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