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  • image SM Adam volume 24/209

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SM Adam volume 24/209


[40] Preliminary design for a fire grate for the great drawing room, c1799, possibly executed


Elevation of a fire grate with fluted legs, capitals containing swags, cameos and beading, and a frieze of fans. The fire grate has turned bars and stiles ornamented with a band of enclosed anthemia. The stiles are surmounted by urns, and the grate is flanked by a pedestal bearing a lamp, ornamented with gadrooning and festoons, and this in turn is flanked by further urns


not to scale


Sir Abraham Humes Great Room / 207 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (200 x 139)


Robert Adam


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