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image SM Adam volume 23/77

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SM Adam volume 23/77


[8] Record drawing for chimneypiece, 1776, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a chimneypiece, with free-standing fluted Ionic columns in front of the stiles, with a frieze ornamented with rosettes, and drops of calyx enclosed by fluting, with a tablet containing an urn, rosettes, bows, and festoons, and with enclosed rosettes in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for The Duke of Portland

Signed and dated

  • May 1776
    Adelphi / 25t May 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (405 x 293)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 48
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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