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SM Adam volume 22/199


[100] Alternative preliminary design for the chimneypiece for the gallery, 1774


Elevation of a chimneypiece with Doric pilaster stiles, embellished with ram masks, and drops including calyx, festoons, and urns, and with a frieze ornamented with guilloche enclosing rosettes, with a tablet containing a winged sphinx, and with a cameo in the right-hand capital, and an enclosed oval patera in the left-hand capital


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Gallery at Harewood House / 1st Design (all in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (411 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


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



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