Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, 1769 (1)
Further to the use of festoons and enclosed rosettes - two very common motifs within Adam's work - there is no clear connection between Adam's designs for the drawing room ceiling (Adam volume 12/25) and this chimneypiece design. Although some of Adam's interior decorative designs were realised at Blunham, it is not known if this chimneypiece design was executed as nothing of Adam's works survived the nineteenth-century alterations.
The pencil inscription on this drawing, River front / Front Parlor / 5t House, suggests that Adam had intended to reuse the design at the Adelphi, as was the case with various other chimneypiece designs of the 1760s. In this case it was clearly intended for the front parlour at 5 Royal Terrace. Indeed, there is a duplicate of this design in the front parlour of 5 Royal Terrace (Adam volume 24/35), corresponding with the pencil inscription.