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SM Adam volume 23/79


[2] Design for a chimneypiece for an unknown house, 1776, not known to have been executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with stiles ornamented with drops of calyx hung from bows; with a frieze ornamented with festoons hung from bows and miniature rosettes, and a tablet containing an urn flanked by festoons of bellflowers hung from enclosed rosettes; and with an urn in the left-hand capital, and an oval enclosed rosette in the right-hand capital


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


design of a Chimney Piece for the Revd Mr Travell and some measurements given in pen and pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (407 x 293)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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