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image SM Adam volume 22/256

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SM Adam volume 22/256


[41] Record drawing for a chimneypiece for the study, 1769, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with volute stiles, ornamented with a rosette, and calyx, and with a frieze ornamented with alternating anthemia, and tubular flowers, and with an urn in the capital


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Study at Newby (and in pencil) River front / [ ____ ] 1 pair

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (406 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


The pencil inscription on this drawing, River front / [ ____ ] 1 pair, suggests that Adam had intended to reuse the design at the Adelphi, as was the case with various other chimneypiece designs of the 1760s. In this case it was clearly intended for use in a first storey room in one of the houses on the Royal Terrace. Indeed, a close variant copy of the design was made for the back drawing room at 2 Royal Terrace (Adam volume 24/26), corresponding with the pencil inscription.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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