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SM Adam volume 17/139


[69] Preliminary design for a chimney board for the state bedchamber, 1778


Elevation of a square board with a segmental figurative tablet, and vesica-shaped figurative medallions, and a ground ornamented with urns, bows, festoons, arabesques, anthemia, winged sphinxes, and tripod pedestals ornamented with festoons, anthemia and ram heads


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Board for the Bed Chamber at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • August 1778
    Adelphi / 22d Augst 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (406 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Tomlin, 1972, p. 66
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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