Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [51] Preliminary design for a fire grate, 1765


top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image SM Adam volume 17/122

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/122


[51] Preliminary design for a fire grate, 1765


Elevation with tapering fluted legs, bun feet, a band of arabesques and anthemia along the rail, with a rosette at each end. Each leg and the fire basket are surmounted by vases, and there is a rough pencil-drawn design for a fire back, or possibly a fire screen


to a scale


Grate for the Earl of Coventry

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (289 x 406)


Adam office hand, with pencil-drawn annotations in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).