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SM Adam volume 22/195


[81] Record drawing for a chimneypiece for the 1st drawing room (now the yellow drawing room), 1770-71


Elevation of a chimneypiece with drops of calyx in the stiles, surmounted by consoles ornamented with ram masks, and with a frieze ornamented with an urn on a pedestal, connected to a roundel by a festoon, and with two other roundels


bar scale of 1 5/8 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the first Drawing room at Harewood House. 2d Design (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (411 x 290)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Harris, 2001, p. 140
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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