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SM Adam volume 22/181


[23] Design for a chimneypiece for the dining room, 1766, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece with rosettes enclosed by wreaths in the stiles, surmounted by scrolled consoles, with a frieze of enclosed rosettes, crossed swords, and swags, and with a tablet containing a tazza and festoons


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Dining Room at Gawthorp

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash (407 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Stillman, 1966, p. 91
Harris, 2001, p. 148
Leach and Pevsner, 2009, p. 303
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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