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SM Adam volume 24/40


[55] Design for the chimneypiece for the front drawing room, c1770-71; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece with console stiles, ornamented with laurel leaf tips and acanthus leaves, and with a shaped lining ornamented with drops of calyx, rosettes, and waterleaf, and with oval enclosed rosettes in the capitals, a frieze of flutes and darts, and a tablet containing an urn on a tripod pedestal, flanked by half figures with rinceaux tails


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Front Drawing Room. All Statuary / 8t. House in the Terrace and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1770-71
    datable to c1770-71

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (294 x 290)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


TH surmounted by fleur de lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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