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image SM Adam volume 22/292

Reference number

SM Adam volume 22/292

Purpose

[4] Record drawing for a chimneypiece and overmantel for the first scheme for the eating parlour (later the ball room), 1771, executed with alterations

Aspect

Elevation and profile of a chimneypiece and overmantel. The chimneypiece has volute stiles ornamented with acanthus leaves and beading, with a lining ornamented with guilloche enclosing rosettes, a frieze ornamented with double calyx and acanthus leaves enclosing alternating urns and vines, with an enclosed rosette accompanied by crossed swords in the capitals, and with a tablet containing birds holding festoons in their beaks, connected to urns on pedestals, and the overmantel is composed of a large circular painted figurative panel, enclosed within a fluted circular frame, with rinceaux in each corner, and the whole set within a square fluted frame, supported by a fluted stylobate, and flanked by Corinthian columns ornamented with peltoid shields, and supporting a frieze ornamented with urns on pedestal and festoons, and a pediment with three acroteria, and a rosette enclosed within a wreath within the tympanum

Scale

bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Chimney Piece for the Eating room for The Earl of Bective / Stucco (in pencil) / Marble (in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

1771.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (362 x 591)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1973, note to pl. 25
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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