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SM Adam volume 22/25


[31] Finished drawing for the chimneypiece for the library, executed with alterations, 1761


Plan, elevation and profile with volute stiles, urns in the capitals, a lining ornamented with Vitruvian scroll, and an elaborate pedimented overmantel with tapered Ionic pilasters, a frieze of fret, and acroteria, and containing a figurative panel


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Library Chimney Piece at Shardeloes and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (291 x 391)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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