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image SM Adam volume 23/148

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SM Adam volume 23/148


[9] Finished drawing for the chimneypiece in the great dining room in an Etruscan style, presumed to have been executed, 1780


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with paired pilasters in the stiles, ornamented with drops of bell flowers, and ox skulls, and between the pilasters are drops of peltoid shields, calyx, bows, beading, urns, cameos, and lions, and with a frieze of figure-of-eight ribbons enclosing rosettes, and fluting enclosing urns and anthemia, and with a figurative tablet, and oval medallions in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Cumberland House. Pall Mall / Great Dining Room / 7.5 details Plates 252-253 (all in pencil in the hand of A.T. Bolton) / Mr Hoffman (in pencil in the hand of Robert Adam)

Signed and dated

  • August 1780
    August 21st 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including yellow ochre and black on laid paper (291 x 404)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Mr Hoffman has not yet been identified.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Stillman, 1966, pp. 78, 95
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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