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SM Adam volume 22/188


[56] Design for a chimneypiece for the state bed chamber (now Princess Mary's sitting room), 1767


Elevation of a chimneyypiece with anthemia enclosed by coin moulding in the stiles, surmounted by consoles, with a frieze of festoons, bows, and trophies, with a tablet containing winged putti flanking an altar, and with masks in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the State Bed Chamber at Harewood House and some dimensions (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (406 x 292)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Harris, 2001, p. 154
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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