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SM Adam volume 22/200


[101] Design for the chimneypiece for the gallery, 1776


Elevation of a chimneypiece with stiles ornamented with ram masks, a large enclosed acanthus leaf, a festoon, and a rectangular panel containing a drop including a mask, bows, and an urn, with a lining ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and figure-of-eight foliage, and with a frieze ornamented with rinceaux, incorporating palmettes and tubular flowers, urns, and festoons of beading, and with masks enclosed within oval patera in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


2d Design of a Chimney Piece for the Gallery at Harewood (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • June 1776
    Adelphi / 22d June 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (406 x 290)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, title inscriptions 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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