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  • image SM Adam volume 22/214

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SM Adam volume 22/214


[11] Unfinished design for a chimneypiece for the back drawing room, 1769, roughly as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with Ionic pilaster stiles, with a lining ornamented with egg and dart moulding, with a frieze ornamented with festoons, shells, and seahorses enclosed within lozenges of beading, with a tablet containing figures, putti, and seahorses, and with a mantel ornamented with fluting, and rosettes enclosed by cusps


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the back Drawing room at Robert Child Esqr / in Berkly Square and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (406 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 35
Harris, 2000, p. 43
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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