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image SM Adam volume 22/50

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SM Adam volume 22/50


[5] Design for the chimneypiece for the saloon, c1769, thought to be as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with a pointed arched opening, and a fluted lining; flanked by heraldic roundels, and with stiles ornamented with Spalatro order pilasters, with scrolled hearts in the shafts, and with a narrow fluted and banded engaged column in front; and the frieze is ornamented with alternating anthemia and fans


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Salon at Alnwick Castle

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (448 x 354)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Harris, 2001, p. 343
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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