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SM Adam volume 24/188


[11] Preliminary design for a chimneypiece for the back parlour of an unknown house, c1772-86, unexecuted


Elevation of a detail of a chimneypiece, with tapering pilaster stiles ornamented with drops, calyx, an ox skull, anthemia, and ram masks; with a lining ornamented with enclosed rosettes, oval medallions in the capitals, and a frieze of figure-of-eight wreaths enclosing rosettes (verso) rough pencil-drawn wall elevation


not to scale


Mr Ross’s Back Parlor

Signed and dated

  • 1772-86
    date range: 1772-86

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (258 x 197)


Robert Adam


GR surmounted by crown within roundel


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