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SM Adam volume 24/221


[88] Preliminary design for a chimney board for the Etruscan room, 1777


Elevation of a rectangular chimney board, ornamented with tripods, urns, medallions, cameos, peltoid shields, festoons, putti, anthemia, sphinxes, tubular flowers, enclosed rosettes, and a figurative tablet showing an ox being led to sacrifice, with alternative arrangements of the ornamentation to the left- and right-hand sides


bar scale of 2 3/5 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Board for Mrs Child at Osterly / for the Etruscan Room and some dimensions given (all in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1777
    datable to 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (279 x 424)


Robert Adam


Stillman, 1966, pp. 59-60
Tomlin, 1972, p. 79
Harris, 2001, p. 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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