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SM Adam volume 23/152


[10] Preliminary design of a chimneypiece for the library, 1780


Preliminary design of the elevation of chimneypiece with stiles containing T-shaped mouldings ornamented with drops composed of a tazza, a tubular flower, winged half figures, calyx, figure-of-eight husks, an urn and a tripod pedestal ornamented with ram masks, and the T-shaped moulding is flanked by palmettes enclosed within connected diamonds, with capitals containing elliptical figurative medallions and with a frieze ornamented with anthemia supported by calyx, and connected by double calyx and beading, and a figurative tablet


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for Sir John Ramsden Bart.

Signed and dated

  • 30/06/1780
    30th June 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and green wash on laid paper (251 x 303)


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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