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image SM Adam volume 23/48

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SM Adam volume 23/48


[24] Preliminary design for a chimneypiece for the great drawing room, 1773, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with pilaster stiles, ornamented with enclosed rosettes and anthemia in the bases, surmounted by urns on pedestals flanked by winged sphinxes, and surmounted by a vesica-shaped medallion, enclosed within beading and festoons, and with ram masks at the top, and with a frieze ornamented with fluting, and a large central figurative tablet, and with enclosed lion masks in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Great Drawing room at Lord Stanleys / in Grosvenor Square / [ _ _ ] G[ _ _ _ _ _ _ cropped] (in pencil) / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ cropped] (in pencil) / Mr. Deval [cropped] (in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (406 x 290)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Stillman, 1966, p. 74
Harris, 2001, p. 363
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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