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SM Adam volume 18/53


[10] Working drawing for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, 1774, as executed


Elevation of a detail of a chimneypiece, with an Ionic stile, surmounted by a band of rosettes enclosed within wreaths. There is a lining of rinceaux and anthemia, and a frieze of alternating urns and naturalistic anthemia enclosed within calyx and festoons of beading. The mantel is ornamented with guilloche, stiff leaf, double calyx, egg and dart and miniature enclosed rosettes


full size


wide / [cropped] high

Signed and dated

  • 26/03/1774
    [cropped]lphi March 26t. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, olive green and Indian yellow on laid paper (543 x 497)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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