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SM Adam volume 22/271


[7] Design for a chimneypiece for the library, c1769


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with fluted pilaster stiles, with capitals containing masks enclosed within fans, and with a frieze ornamented with guilloche enclosing rosettes, and calyx, and with arabesques of acanthus leaves flanking an anthemion in the capital, and with a tablet containing an urn flanked by winged griffons with arabesque tails


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for Colonel Campbell / Library Chimney Piece at Blunham (in pencil) and some measurements given and some rough calculations given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • c1769
    datable to c1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (406 x 292)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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