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SM Adam volume 24/51


[4] Unfinished design for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, 1776, possibly executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with Doric stiles ornamented with a figure-of-eight band enclosing rosettes, and with a capital containing a turned baluster, supporting an urn. The frieze is ornamented with anthemia, alternating with urns, and all enclosed within a band of scrolled hearts. There is a central tablet, which contains a further urn and a recumbent, winged sphinx. The mantel is ornamented with bands of dentils and of acanthus leaves


to a scale


Chimney Piece for the Drawing room in Mr. Adam's House Fredericks Place- (underwritten in pencil) / 31. and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1776
    (in a second hand) Adelphi / August 1776. / (cropped)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (406 x 291)


James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 60
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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