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  • image SM Adam volume 22/218

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SM Adam volume 22/218


[2] Stuart office finished drawing for a chimneypiece, possibly for the dressing room, 1766(?), unexecuted


Elevation and profile of a chimneypiece, with Corinthian pilaster stiles, ornamented with an urn supporting a band composed of anthemia, figure-of-eight wreaths, calyx, and tubular flowers, and with an architrave ornamented with anthemia, calyx, and strigils, and with a frieze ornamented with rosettes, and swags, with a tablet containing an oval figurative medallion, flanked by swags held by putti, and with rosettes in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for Mrs Montague (in the hand of William Adam) / (and in pencil) Mrs Montagu / astragal plain / fluted [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] to be plain / member and Cornice to be plain / for [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] Little Drawing room

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    1766 (in an Adam office hand)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (367 x 234)


Office of James Stuart, with inscription and date in an Adam office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
Stillman, 1966, p. 99
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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