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SM Adam volume 22/18


[71] Alternative design for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, 1760


Elevation of a chimneypiece with caryatid stiles holding a swag across the tablet, surmounted by a broken-apex pediment supporting a small figurative sculpture surmounted by a small casket (drawn in pencil). With feint pencil annotations including an acroterion on the left-hand side of the pediment


to a scale


Chimney Piece for Kedleston

Signed and dated

  • 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (274 x 292)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 2001, p. 337
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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