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image SM Adam volume 23/163

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SM Adam volume 23/163


[89] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the first drawing room, 1784; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with stiles ornamented with paired bands of bell flowers, and another band of bell flowers along the top of the architrave, and with a frieze ornamented with an oval medallion flanked by masks connected by festoons, and with medallions framed by four miniature rosettes in the capitals


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for Mr. Hesse’s 1st. Drawing room in the Adelphi

Signed and dated

  • 1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink and Prussian blue on laid paper (440 x 289)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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