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SM Adam volume 22/289


[4] Design for a chimneypiece for an unknown room (possibly the back drawing room), 1771, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with console stiles, ornamented with laurel leaves, above tapering figure-of-eight wreaths enclosing rosettes, and short drops of calyx, with a frieze of enclosed oval rosettes, accompanied by crossed swords, and flanked by swags, and with a tablet containing a tazza, flanked by festoons


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for Alderman Harley

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (406 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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