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SM Adam volume 22/226


[7] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the saloon, 1772, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with engaged fluted, stiff leaf and anthemia column stiles; with a frieze ornamented with anthemia, urns, and rinceaux; and with enclosed paterae in the capitals


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 feet


Chimney Piece for the Saloon at Nostel (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given in feint pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (427 x 315)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Stillman, 1966, p. 92
Sands, 2012, Volume 2, p. 114
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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