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image SM Adam volume 23/124

Reference number

SM Adam volume 23/124

Purpose

[4] Design for a chimneypiece for the ante room, 1778

Aspect

Elevation of a chimneypiece, with stiles ornamented with drops of calyx hung from lion masks, with a frieze ornamented with rosettes, peltoid shields, beading, and anthemia, and with urns in the capitals

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/2 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Chimney Piece for the Anti room at Sir John Griffin Griffins / in Saville Row / (and in pencil) Chimney to be 3 ft Square Day[ _ _ ]gh[ _ ] / Plain freze / BC. P.P. / [ _ _ _ _ ]th [ _ _ _ _ _ ]sd / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] and some measurements given in pencil and an additional pencil inscription which is mostly cropped away

Signed and dated

1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (408 x 292)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 50
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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