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SM Adam volume 27/40


[13] Preliminary design for a chimneypiece for an unknown room, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed


Unfinished elevation of a chimneypiece, with a pointed arched lining, ornamented with trefoil-headed fluting, and enclosed rosettes, and supported by thin paired pilasters; and with stiles ornamented with trefoil-headed sculpture-filled niches, one above the other; and with a frieze of triangles enclosing rosettes, within lobed trefoil-shaped frames, and alternating with anthemia


to a scale


Chimney for Alnwick

Signed and dated

  • 1769-70
    datable to c1769-70

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (418 x 478)


Robert Adam


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



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