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SM Adam volume 22/264


[7] Design for a chimneypiece for the front drawing room, 1769


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with Ionic pilasters stiles, with drops in the shafts composed of anthemia, scrolled hearts, calyx, urns, enclosed rosettes, and tubular flowers, and with a frieze ornamented with anthemia flanked by arabesques, with masks enclosed within wreaths of beading in the capitals, and with a tablet containing an urn on a pedestal, flanked by winged griffons


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the front Drawing Room one pair of Stairs. for Sir Robert Rich Bart. / (and in pencil) D Yd / Front Drawing Room / Opening 4 by [ _ ]

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (407 x 292)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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