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SM Adam volume 22/245


[5] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for a drawing room, 1770, not known to have been executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece with drops of calyx hung from rosettes in the stiles, surmounted by jugs in the capitals, with a lining ornamented with waterleaf, a frieze of alternating scrolled hearts enclosing drops of calyx and anthemia supported by calyx, and with a mantel ornamented with laurel leaf tips


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Drawing Room for George Thornhill Esqr. and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (407 x 293)


Adam office hand, probably William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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