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  • image SM Adam volume 24/167

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SM Adam volume 24/167


[7] Preliminary design for a chimneypiece and overmantel mirror frame for the ground floor drawing room, c1774, possibly executed


Elevation of part of a chimneypiece with a stile ornamented with rosettes, swags and ram masks, surmounted by an urn supporting an anthemion, all enclosed within a border of fluting. There is a frieze of arabesques, with a central figurative tablet surmounted by a half-roundel depicting an urn flanked by reclining figures. The chimneypiece is surmounted by an overmantel mirror frame, with a stile ornamented with a base flanked by griffins, above this there is a fire screen in relief ornamented with an urn and ram masks. The capitals are ornamented with a cameo enclosed by vine leaves, and there is a frieze with a central mask also enclosed by vine leaves


1st Drawing Room Apsley House / 1st Drawing Room parlor story / Apsley House / and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (204 x 321)


Robert Adam


Britannia within a crowned cartouche


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