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image SM Adam volume 23/158

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SM Adam volume 23/158


[1] Design for a chimneypiece for the parlour of an unknown house, 1783; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with stiles ornamented with floral drops hung from lion masks; a plain lining and frieze; a tablet containing a cameo enclosed within a wreath, and flanked by festoons of beading and lamps, and with enclosed oval medallions in the capitals


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Chimney piece for the Parlor at Mr Nettleships / parlor (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 21/06/1783
    Adelphi / 21st. June 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (430 x 285)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Robert Morison


VI surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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