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image Adam vol.30/107

Reference number

Adam vol.30/107

Purpose

Design for a decorative chimneypiece in part plan, elevation and section showing a central panel with mask, consoles and swag-decorated jambs on either side.

Aspect

Plan, elevation, section

Scale

scale: 1 1/4 inches to 1 ft

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in early nineteenth-century hand For His Grace the Duke of Argyleverso inscribed in pencil 24

Signed and dated

Undated, probably c.1755

Medium and dimensions

Pen296 x 442

Hand

Office of John Adam

Watermark

fleur de lys on shield with bend

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 7.This drawing probably came from the Office of John and James Adam. In c.1755 they designed chimneypieces for Inveraray Castle in Argyll, Scotland, which were later removed by the 5th Duke of Argyll to Roseneath in Dumbartonshire, another Argyll house. Some were returned to Inveraray in 1952 when Roseneath was demolished (see I. G. Lindsay & M. Cosh, inveraray and the Dukes of Argyll, Edinburgh, 1973, pp.15 and 362, n.191; a similar composition to this one is illustrated on p.219).

Level

Drawing

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