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  • image SM Adam volume 24/65

Reference number

SM Adam volume 24/65


[3] Record drawing for a chimneypiece for the first drawing room, c1771, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with pilaster stiles, ornamented with anthemia enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbons in the shafts, and calyx in the capitals, with enclosed rosettes in the capitals, and a frieze of enclosed cables and darts, and with a lining ornamented with drops of calyx and rosettes, which extends into the frieze forming a tablet, containing an oval medallion


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Front Drawing room: Stone front House Q. A: Street and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (396 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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