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SM Adam volume 23/250


[13] Working drawing for the stiles of a chimneypiece for the library, 1780


Elevation of a stile for a chimneypiece with T-shaped panel ornamented with a drop composed of a tazza decorated with anthemia and gadrooning, winged half figures, rosettes, calyx, tubular flower, figure-of-eight husks enclosing anthemia, lekythos ornamented with figures, gadrooning and Vitruvian scroll, on a tripod paw foot pedestal ornamented with ram masks, and a central elliptical figurative patera, and the T-shaped panel is flanked by rectangular compartments containing palmettes enclosed within connected diamonds


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1780
    datable to 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and green wash on laid paper (972 x 258)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
Spiers, 1979, p. 43, Index, p. 5
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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