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SM Adam volume 23/84


[1] Design for a chimneypiece, 1777, executed status unknown


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with a moulded lining, flanked by stiles ornamented with masks and drops of rosettes enclosed in beaded roundels with bows, and with a frieze containing rinceau with a central panel comprising a scene of a woman on a chariot surrounded by figures, flanked by urns with drops of husks, and a mantel ornamented with laurel leaf tips and dentils


to a scale


Chimney Piece for the Honble Charles Hope Weir

Signed and dated

  • 1777
    Adelphi 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (407x293)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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