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image SM Adam volume 22/204

Reference number

SM Adam volume 22/204

Purpose

[105] Alternative preliminary design for the chimneypiece for the gallery, 1777

Aspect

Elevation of a chimneypiece with caryatid stiles, with the left-hand caryatid robed as in Adam volume 22/202, and similarly with both arms aloft, and the right-hand caryatid robed differently, and with one arm aloft and one arm bent, and supporting festoons, with a fluted frieze, with a tablet containing a half putto, and a putto riding a hippocampus, and with enclosed urns in the capitals

Scale

1 1/2 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

4t Design of a Chimney Piece for the Gallery at Harewood (in the hand of William Adam

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 13t June 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and violet and Indian yellow washes on laid paper (410 x 291)

Hand

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

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Stillman, 1966. p. 103
Mauchline, 1992, p. 80
Harris, 2001, pp. 146, 149
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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