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image SM Adam volume 22/94

Reference number

SM Adam volume 22/94


[14] Finished drawing for alternative design for a chimneypiece for the great room, 1763


Elevation and side elevation of a chimneypiece with fluted Ionic columns for stiles, a lining ornamented with calyx and anthemia, and a band of egg and dart moulding, a tablet containing a mask, festoons and military trophies, a frieze of flowers enclosed by acanthus leaves, and rosettes in the capitals


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Chimney piece for the Great room at Bowood / (and in pencil) There is a [ _ _ _ ] like in the Library [illegibly feint pencil inscription] chimney / Piece for Bowd P[ _ _ _ ] being of the Corinthian not Ionic order [presumably relating to Adam volume 22/96]

Signed and dated

  • 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and olive green wash on laid paper (405 x 275)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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