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image SM Adam volume 24/43

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SM Adam volume 24/43


[59] Design for the chimneypiece for the drawing room, c1770-71, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with stiles containing figure-of-eight wreaths hung from masks, with urns in the capitals, a lining of laurel leaf tips, and a frieze ornamented with anthemia alternating with calyx, divided by scrolls of foliage


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


D:Y: River Front / Body of Building / Chimney Piece for the Drawing Room, All Statuary 9th. House and some measurements given

Signed and dated

datable to c1770-71

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (308 x 262)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


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



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