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SM Adam volume 39/9


[12] Design for a hearth slab for the drawing room, 1774, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a rectangular hearth slab, showing a chimneypiece with engaged column stiles. The slab is ornamented with a grid of connected rosettes and enclosed rosettes, and with a border shown with alternative designs of fret of exaggerated calyx


bar scale of 1 7/10 inches to 1 foot


Slab for the Drawing Room Chimney at Northumberland House. in London (in London in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 09/07/1774
    Adelphi 9th July 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and Indian yellow on laid paper (419 x 318)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Harris, 2001, p. 99
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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