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SM Adam volume 22/14


[8] Design for a chimneypiece for the drawing room (now the library), as executed, 1759


Elevation and profile of a chimneypiece with Doric pilaster stiles, a fret work and ox skull frieze, and a sacrificial scene tablet, and with pencil annotations


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for Admiral Boscawen / (and in pencil in the hand of Robert Adam) Dressing Room [ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] Up Stairs / [ _ _ _ ] profile Doric for the Library

Signed and dated

  • 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (405 x 290)


Adam office hand, possibly Laurent-Benoit Dewez, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam, and with additional inscriptions in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 17
Hussey, 1956, p. 54
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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