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image SM Adam volume 22/154

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SM Adam volume 22/154


[15] Design for a chimneypiece for Mr Mackenzie's dressing room, 1766, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece with an architrave ornamented with egg and dart, a frieze containing pencil-drawn fluting, and with a tablet containing an enclosed rosette, flanked by urns on turned pedestals, connected by a festoon, and a pencil-drawn annotation to the right-hand side, showing the motifs in the tablet repeated as if in a frieze


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for Mr Mackenzie's Dressing Room / B Parlor (in pencil) / Front House DY (in pencil) / Bed Chamr (in pencil) / Length & Breadth of the / Marble Slab to be _ Feet / the Slab to be as broad as / can be / About 14£ (in pencil) and some measurement given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (427 x 274)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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