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image SM Adam volume 23/59

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SM Adam volume 23/59


[12] Design for a chimneypiece for the eating room (now the library), 1774, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece with stiles ornamented with tapered, fluted pilasters with herms in the form of satyrs. The capitals are ornamented with urns, and there is a frieze of rosettes enclosed within wreaths, surrounded by thrysi. There is a central tablet ornamented with a mask enclosed within a rosette, and flanked by winged sphinxes. This is surmounted by a band of Vitruvian scroll and has an apron of ram masks, rosettes and festoons


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Eating room at Apsley House and dimensions given

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (405 x 291)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or William Hamilton


Fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 2001(b), p. 101
Lea, 2005, pp.9, 14
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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