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SM Adam volume 39/12


[10] Design for the chimney wall for the library, c1769-70, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimney wall, with a central chimneypiece with spirally fluted column stiles, a pointed arched lining, and a frieze of anthemia. The chimneypiece is set within a pointed relieving arch, ornamented with foliage, and articulated by spirally fluted engaged columns; and this is flanked by pointed arched doors, ornamented with connected enclosed rosettes, and surmounted by trefoil-headed fluting enclosing drops of calyx. The whole is surmounted by a band of enclosed anthemia, above which are compartments containing enclosed rosettes, alternating with small niches above the chimneypiece, flanked by large paterae within triangular frames above the doors, and set within frames of quatrefoil ornamentation, and surmounted by fans of trefoils, crockets and anthemia


to a scale


Side of a Room & Chimney in Alnwick Castle for The Duke of Northumberland (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1769-70
    datable to c1769-70

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (598 x 505)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Harris, 2001, pp. 88, 343
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 262
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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