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image SM Adam volume 24/182 verso

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SM Adam volume 24/182 verso


[30] Preliminary design for a chimney board for Lord Mansfield's dressing room, c1779


Rough elevation of a square chimney board, with a central circular compartment enclosed by a wreath, and containing a figurative medallion, supported by a pedestal ornamented with ram masks, and surmounted by an urn containing flowers, and flanked by festoons and drops


not to scale


for drawing room at Kenwood and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1779
    datable to c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (231 x 206)


Robert Adam


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