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image SM Adam volume 17/52

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/52


[13] Record drawing for a hearth slab for the drawing room, 1774, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a rectangular hearth slab ornamented with a grid of connected rosettes and enclosed rosettes, and with a border shown with alternative designs of fret of exaggerated calyx (verso) unknown preliminary design


bar scale of 1 7/10 inches to 1 foot


Slab for the Drawing room Chimney at Northumberland House.

Signed and dated

Adelphi 9 July 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and red on laid paper (446 x 238)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Harris, 2001, p. 345
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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