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  • image SM Adam volume 23/141

Reference number

SM Adam volume 23/141


[2] Unfinished design for a chimneypiece for the large parlour, c1782, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with a Doric stile ornamented with a ribbon suspending drop calyx. The capital contains a rosette enclosed within a band of beading, and there is a fluted cornice above. The frieze is ornamented with arabesques supporting calyx and anthemia, and has a central tablet containing a rosette speared by a thyrsus suspending swags, and enclosed within a wreath


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney piece for the large Parlor at Mr Weavers house in the Tower / 141 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (406 x 289)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Preliminary design for a chimneypiece (pencil) with stiles ornamented with a mask and festoons suspending a wreath and drop calyx, as SM Adam volume 23/142. The capital contains an urn, the central tablet is ornamented with a figurative scene, and this is flanked by tripods supporting urns, bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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