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SM Adam volume 24/171


[15] Preliminary design for a chimneypiece for the second drawing room, 1773, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a chimneypiece, with volute stiles, one of which is shown in profile, and the other ornamented with masks, and beyond which is a band of scrolled hearts, and with a lining of scrolled hearts, urns in the capitals, and a frieze of alternating urns and double calyx connected by arabesques, and with a pencil-drawn tripod perfume burner, resting on birds, on the right-hand side of the sheet


not to scale


Lord Stanley 2d or 3d Drawing room (in pen) / No 5 (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (324 x 202)


Robert Adam


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