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SM Adam volume 22/208


[4] Design for a chimneypiece, 1766


Elevation of a chimneypiece with volute stiles, an architrave ornamented with rosettes, a frieze ornamented with anthemia, calyx, rosettes, and rinceaux, and with urns in the capitals, and with a rough pencil-drawn annotation to the right-hand side showing part of an alternative chimneypiece with term stiles, and an enclosed rosette in the capital


bar scale of 1 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for Mrs Ann Pitt at Kensington Gore (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / (and in feint pencil) for the [illegible] Room / with the frieze at [illegible] / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] Dressing Room / all Statuary

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (407 x 287)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
Survey of London, Volume 38, 1975, p. 12
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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