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SM Adam volume 23/185


[8] Preliminary design for the chimneypiece in the great dining room in an Etruscan style, presumed to have been executed, 1780


Rough elevation of a chimneypiece, with alternative drops of arabesques, anthemia, peltoid shields, urns, and tablets in the stiles, between Ionic pilasters ornamented with drops of calyx, and with a frieze of guilloche enclosing rosettes, and fluting enclosing flowers, with a figurative tablet, and one capital containing a circular medallion, and the other an oval medallion


to a scale


Cumberland House - G. Dining Room / see JS details p. 252-253 & see 148 (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson)

Signed and dated

  • 1780
    datable to 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (333 x 245)


Robert Adam. Title inscription in the hands of Robert Adam and A.T. Bolton


Stillman, 1966, pp. 78, 95
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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