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SM Adam volume 23/145


[39] Design for a chimneypiece for the great drawing room, 1779, executed with alterations


Elevation of a chimneypiece with stiles ornamented with half-patera enclosed by foil, ox masks, cameos set within a border of beading, drop calyx, miniature figurative panels, tubular flowers and wreaths enclosing rosettes. The stiles and lining are bordered with husks, and the capitals contain draped figures bearing urns. The frieze is ornamented with arabesques, tubular flowers, anthemia, and semi-circular bands of beading, and there is a central tablet depicting a goat and putti


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Great Drawing room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street. and faint pencil inscription / Mrsr Hoffman (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • Feb 1779
    12. Febry / 1779.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, cerulean blue and pink on laid paper (406 x 298)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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