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image SM Adam volume 17/137

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/137


[89] Design for a chimney board for the Etruscan room, 1777, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a rectangular chimney board, following the design of the left-hand side of Adam volume 24/221, and with an Etruscan colour scheme of gold and black


bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney board for the Etruscan Dressing room at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • June 1777
    Adelphi / 2d June 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including cerulean blue, black and yellow ochre on laid paper (300 x 328)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume I, pp. 286-87, Volume II, Index p. 25
Stillman, 1966, pp. 59-60
Tomlin, 1972, p. 79
Beard, 1978, p. 43
Harris, 2001, p. 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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