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SM Adam volume 22/222


[2] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the library, 1766, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with volute stiles; an architrave ornamented with drops of calyx; a fluted frieze and a tablet containing sphinxes with rinceaux tails, flanking an urn; and with pencil-drawn annotations to the left-hand side


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 1 foot


Chimneypiece for the Library at Nostell (in the hand of William Adam) / Sir Rowland Winns Library at Nostell (in pencil) / Bow Dress room (in pencil) and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (321 x 266)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Stillman, 1966, p. 88
Harris, 2001, p. 354
Sands, 2012, Volume 2, pp. 86-87
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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