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  • image SM Adam volume 23/142

Reference number

SM Adam volume 23/142


[5] Unfinished design for a chimneypiece for the first floor large room, 1782, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece with pilaster stiles ornamented with an ox skull, festoons of husks suspending a wreath, drop calyx, and an anthemion. The capital contains a rosette enclosed within a wreath and superimposed on crossed thyrsi. The frieze is ornamented with a band of enclosed calyx and fluting, and there is a central tablet containing an urn ornamented with gadrooning, swags and sphinxes


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney piece for the one pair large room at Mr Weavers house in the Tower / 142 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • July 1782
    July 1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (406 x 285)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Preliminary design for a chimneypiece (pencil), possibly for SM Adam volume 23/143, bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


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


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



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