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image SM Adam volume 22/42

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SM Adam volume 22/42


[32] Design for the chimneypiece for the dining room, 1762, executed with alterations


Detail of plan, elevation and side elevation of a chimneypiece with stiles with volutes to the side and front, a lining ornamented with festoons, a frieze with a central urn flanked by sphinxes, arabesques and birds, military trophies in the capitals, and with a Corinthian aedicular overmantel ornamented withfans in the stylobate, a frieze of anthemia, a pediment with acroteria and an urn in the tympanum, and containing a figurative panel within a frame ornamented with arabesques and festoons. The plan shows a segmental recess for the grate


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Dining room at Sion / The P[ _ _ _ ] Relief 4.6 (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (314 x 471)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Stillman, 1966, p. 65
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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