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  • image SM Adam volume 22/665

Reference number

SM Adam volume 22/665


[42] Designs for a chimneypiece for the ante room, 1765, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece with volutes to the sides of the piers, surmounted by two profile busts and a frieze with fluting, rosettes, and a central panel ornamented with vases, swags and husks


to a scale


Anti room Chimney piece for The Earl of Coventry

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

(Adam volume 22/64-65) Pen and wash on laid paper (228 x 405)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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