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SM Adam volume 22/237


[3] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, c1767, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with console stiles ornamented with laurel leaf tips, acanthus leaves, and scrolled hearts, with a frieze of egg and dart moulding, enclosed rosettes, bows, and festoons, and a mantel ornamented with cusps, dentils, and egg and dart moulding


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Drawing room at Fort George / for General Skinner (in pen) / (and in pencil) Drawing Room / General Skinner and additional feint pencil inscriptions to the left-hand side including [ ____ ] / 4t House DY

Signed and dated

  • c1767
    datable to c1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (345 x 272)


James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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