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image SM Adam volume 22/54

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SM Adam volume 22/54


[12] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the library, 1769, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with stiles ornamented with narrow paired fluted, banded columns with stiff leaf capitals; a pointed arched lining, ornamented with pilasters with stiff leaf capitals, miniature rosettes, and with rinceaux in each corner; with a frieze ornamented with anthemia, and the mantel is surmounted by a mantel clock flanked by small sculpted lions on circular pedestals, and small figurative sculptures on pedestals


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Library at Alnwick Castle

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (440 x 510)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Everything above the mantel has been cropped, and replaced with the current design.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Stillman, 1966, p. 111
Harris, 2001, pp. 89, 343
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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