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SM Adam volume 23/90


[7] Design for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, 1777, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece with stiles formed with paired winged griffins supporting bas-relief panels surmounted by ram masks, and ornamented with pedestals supporting urns, calyx, tubular flowers, and anthemia. Above this a band of fluting forms a U. The capitals contain lion masks enclosed within a band of beading, and the frieze is ornamented with a band of enclosed calyx, and a central tablet containing an urn flanked by winged griffins, with tails forming arabesques. Above this the mantel has an apron of dentils


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Drawing room at Mess.rs Drummonds Charing Cross. / 90. and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1777
    Adelphi / 15. August 1777.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (407 x 292)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 52, fig. 57
Sands, 2016, p.27
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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