- Robert and James Adam office drawings
It is not known if this design was executed as there is no known photographic record of the chimneypiece prior to demolition.
This design is a close variant of that designed by Adam in 1766 for Lady Shelburne’s bedchamber at Shelburne House (Adam volume 22/113). The Shelburne House chimneypiece design was inscribed by Adam in pencil with the words, 10t House, Back Parlor, suggesting that Adam had considered reusing it at the Adelphi, although he had perhaps originally intended it elsewhere. This design also makes use of the same frieze as that designed by Adam in 1766 for the dining room at Ugbrooke (Adam volume 22/170). The Ugbrooke design is inscribed in pencil with the words, 3d House / River front / Back Parlor, suggesting that Adam had considered reusing it in the back parlour of number 2 Royal Terrace, although the extant design for the chimneypiece for the back parlour at number 2 Royal Terrace (Adam volume 24/28) does not correspond with the Ugbrooke design.
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Contents of Design for the chimneypiece for the back drawing room, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed (1)
-  Design for the chimneypiece for the back drawing room, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed