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image SM Adam volume 22/66

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SM Adam volume 22/66


[41] Design for a chimneypiece for the ante room, 1765, unexecuted


Elevation with piers ornamented with diminishing drops surmounted by a vase, and bands of egg and dart, acanthus and tongue, fluting and cable moulding. The frieze is ornamented with rosettes, swags and husks and bands of dentil and laurel leaf moulding


bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Anti room at Lord Coventry's in Piccadilly

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (378 x 295)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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