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image SM Adam volume 22/167

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SM Adam volume 22/167


[11] Design for a chimneypiece, possibly for the back drawing room, 1766


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with drops of calyx hung from bows in the stiles, a fluted architrave, a frieze ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and festoons, a tablet containing a tazza, supported by acanthus leaves, and flanked by festoons hung from bows, and with urns in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/8 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for Andrew Millar Esqr (in the hand of William Adam) / (and in pencil) Mr [illegible] Drawing Room / 8t House / Back Parlor and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (391 x 242)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 43
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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