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image SM Adam volume 24/145

Reference number

SM Adam volume 24/145

Purpose

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

Aspect

Elevation of a chimneypiece, with drops of arabesques, anthemia, peltoid shields, and tubular flowers in the stiles, between bands of calyx, and with a frieze of guilloche enclosing rosettes, and fluting enclosing flowers, with a figurative tablet, and medallions in the capitals

Scale

pricked bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

some dimensions given (in pencil)

Signed and dated

datable to 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (406 x 290)

Hand

Robert Adam

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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