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SM Adam volume 23/161


[1] Preliminary design of a chimneypiece and overmantel mirror frame, 1783, possibly as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece with stiles ornamented with patera, figure-of-eight wreaths, and beading, a frieze of medallions containing military trophies and enclosed by wreaths, and oval figurative medallions in the capitals. The chimneypiece is surmounted by a segmental-headed arched overmantel mirror frame ornamented with terms, a medallion containing three putti, festoons, and swags of fringed drapery


to a scale


Chimney Piece & Glass for Mrs Cornwall Portland Place and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including cerulean blue and Indian yellow on laid paper (293 x 442)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 45
Harris, 1963, Index p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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