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SM Adam volume 22/201


[103] Preliminary design for the chimneypiece for the gallery, 1777


Elevation of a chimneypiece with robed caryatid stiles, each with one arm held aloft and supporting a festoons, with a frieze of enclosed calyx and tubular flowers, with a tablet containing an urn, flanked by half putti, and rinceaux, and with enclosed oval rosettes in the capitals


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3d Design of a Chimney Piece for the Gallery at Harewood (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 11t June 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (405 x 291)


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


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.



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