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SM Adam volume 23/140


[45] Design for a chimneypiece for the bedchamber, 1780, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with Doric pilaster stiles, ornamented with drops of beading, enclosed rosettes, and urns, hung from ram masks, with a frieze ornamented with pelta-shaped fans, connected by strigils to double calyx supporting bands of beading, and anthemia, and with oval medallions in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Bed Chamber for William Weddell Esqr / (and in pencil) Summer Yellow / fig / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / Summer / Yellow / Plain / Back Draw [ _ _ _ _ ] / Colourd

Signed and dated

  • 07/08/1780
    7th August 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (407 x 291)


Robert Adam


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



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