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Designs for chimneypieces, 1765, unexecuted (5)


It is not known for which rooms these chimneypieces were intended.

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

The pencil inscription on Adam volume 22/82, Parlor / 8t House, suggests that Adam had intended to reuse the design at the Adelphi, as was the case with various other chimneypiece designs of the 1760s. Contrary to the inscription, however, there is no evidence that the design was used in the 8th house on any of the streets of the Adelphi, although it is similar to that which was designed for the back parlour in 3 Royal Terrace, albeit with an alternative tablet and variant frieze (Adam volume 24/28).



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