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SM Adam volume 23/166


[3] Record drawing for the interior decoration of the drawing room, 1783, possibly as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece with Doric pilaster stiles ornamented with drops of calyx, a frieze of festoons, a tablet containing an urn, and patera in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Drawing room for Charles Barnett Esqr / [and in pencil] No 1 of this front / Drawn [ _ _ _ _ ] Sqr / White / Scenic Mantle

Signed and dated

  • September 1783
    Adelphi / 13t Sepr 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and lemon yellow wash on laid paper (428 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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