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image SM Adam volume 22/258

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SM Adam volume 22/258


[37] Preliminary design for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, 1770, partly as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with the right-hand stile ornamented with a term surmounted by an enclosed rosette and calyx in the capital, and the left-hand stile ornamented with a drop composed of calyx, enclosed rosettes, and a lantern, surmounted by an enclosed rosette in front of crossed knives, and with a winged sphinx in the capital, and with a frieze ornamented with lyres alternating with fluting enclosing tubular flowers, with bands of laurel leaf tips, beading, and miniature rosettes


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Drawing Room at Newby

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (405 x 291)


Possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
Harris, 2001, pp. 231, 357
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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