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Designs for a chimneypiece for the back parlour, 1765, unexecuted (2)


It is not clear from Adam's survey plans of the house (Adam volumes 42/55 and 42/56) which room was intended as the back parlour.

None of Adam's ceiling or chimneypiece designs for Charles Rogers were executed.

The pencil inscription on Adam volume 22/77, 7th House / Back Parlor, suggests that Adam had intended to reuse the design at the Adelphi, as was the case with various other chimneypiece designs of the 1760s. This particular design, however, does not correspond with any of the surviving chimneypiece designs for the Adelphi.



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