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SM Adam volume 22/140


[5] Design for a chimneypiece for Sir Charles's dressing room, 1764


Elevation of a chimneypiece without stiles, and with a fluted lining ornamented with egg and dart moulding, and laurel leaf tips, with a frieze of anthemia enclosed by scrolled hearts, and with a mantel ornamented by acanthus leaves, and egg and dart moulding, and with a pencil-drawn annotation showing the frieze to the left-hand side


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for Sir Charles Farnaby's Dressing Room at Kippington (in pen) / (and in pencil) Parlour / Ellis / Joiner & Carver £9 / Marble Carvings £12 /£21 and some measurements and rough calculations in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    [Cropped] Adam Archt 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (406 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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