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Design for the chimneypiece for the front parlour, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed (1)


The front parlour would have been at the front on the ground storey of the house.

It is not known if this design was executed as there is no known photographic record of the chimneypiece prior to demolition, and there is a modern chimneypiece listed in this room in the auction inventory: ‘A modern painted pine chimneypiece, with fluted frieze with 2 oval medallions of dancing children and 4 oval paterae, the centre panel with urns and husk festoons, each jamb composed of a pair of Corinthian columns.’

This design is a duplicate of that designed by Adam in 1769 for the drawing room at Blunham House (Adam volume 22/269). The Blunham House design is inscribed in pencil with the words, River front / Front Parlor / 5t House, corresponding with the intended location of this design.



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