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SM Adam volume 23/248


[27] Working drawing for the chimneypiece for the great drawing room, as executed 1777


Full size elevation of a detail showing a band of guilloche enclosing rosettes


full size


For the Great Drawing room Chimney at Bolton House

Signed and dated

  • August 1777
    Adelphi / 5t Augt 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes on laid paper (92 x 211)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Index p. 48
Harris, 1995, p. 73
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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