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SM Adam volume 23/103


[3] Design for a chimneypiece for the hall, 1777, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece with stiles ornamented with foils enclosing rosettes, and a relief-detail of a pole screen, ornamented with scales and ram masks and supported by a turned post. The capitals contain urns, and there is a frieze of fluting, with a central tablet ornamented with an urn flanked by winged hippocampi


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Hall at Wormleybury / Lord C_ _ _ _ _ _ Saloon (pencil) / faint pencil annotation

Signed and dated

  • Nov 1777
    18 Nov. 1777.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (406 x 292)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


GR surmounted by fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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