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SM Adam volume 24/214


[9] Preliminary design for the chimney wall for the library, c1769-70, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimney wall, with a central chimneypiece with an ogre-shaped lining, ornamented with quatrefoils and crockets. The chimneypiece is flanked by ogee-headed doors, with architraves ornamented with rosettes, and surmounted by finials; and with a tripartite vaulted ceiling, supported by springers on the wall, and ornamented with trefoils and quatrefoils


to a scale


Library at Alnwick (in pencil) / Section of the [cropped]

Signed and dated

  • 1769-70
    datable to c1769-70

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (227 x 171)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Stillman, 1966, p. 110
Worsley, 1988, p. 76
Harris, 2001, pp. 88, 343
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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