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SM Adam volume 22/269


[6] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, 1769


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with fluted term stiles, a frieze ornamented with alternating urns and double calyx, connected by festoons, with enclosed rosettes in the capitals, and with unlobed acanthus leaves and guilloche in the mantel


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Drawing Room at Colonel Campbell / (and in pencil) Mr Nasmith is / there and B[ _ _ _ _ ] / In the Chimney / there is the Surbase / River front / Front Parlor / 5t House /43.4.0

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (426 x 273)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


IV surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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



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