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SM Adam volume 22/144


[5] Design for a chimneypiece for the hall, 1765, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with fluted volute stiles, an unornamented lining, with a frieze and capitals ornamented with enclosed rosettes within lozenges, and a mantel ornamented with acanthus leaves, and dentils


bar scale of 1 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Hall for John Sargent Esqr (in pen) and some illegibly feint pencil inscriptions

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (373 x 263)


Adma office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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