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image SM Adam volume 23/150

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SM Adam volume 23/150


[15] Design of a chimneypiece for the breakfast room, c1780


Elevation of a chimneypiece with pilaster stiles ornamented with drops of ox mask, husks, ribbon, enclosed rosette and festoons of beading, with capitals containing enclosed rosettes, and in the frieze there is a tablet containing a tazza with sphinxes and flora


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney piece for the Breakfast room at Byram for Sir John Ramsden Bart / Back Draw[ing] room / 4 Houses [?] / No. 3

Signed and dated

  • c1780
    datable to c1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (287 x 405)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
Spiers, 1979, p. 42, Index, p. 5
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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