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SM Adam volume 23/58


[9] Design for a chimneypiece for the library, 1774, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a chimneypiece with pilaster stiles ornamented with a pole screen in relief, with a tapering fluted pole and embellished with cameos and ram masks. The capitals contain recumbent lions and the frieze is ornamented with a central figrative tablet Top right hand corner- Preliminary design for an elevation of a figurative tablet (pencil)


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Library at Apsley House and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (405 x 291)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or William Hamilton


LVG, fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Lea, 2005, p. 8
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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