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SM Adam volume 22/142


[5] Design for a chimneypiece for the ground storey dressing room (later the morning room), 1765


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with tapering, fluted pilaster stiles, ornamented with urns, with an architrave ornamented with anthemia, enclosed by strigils, and bell flowers, with a fluted frieze, and a tablet containing an urn, flanked by winged half putti, rosettes, and arabesques, with a mantel ornamented with acanthus leaves, and dentils, and with enclosed rosettes in the capitals, and with pencil-drawn annotations of a rosette to the right-hand side


bar scale of 1 3/8 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney piece for a Dressing Room in The Right Honble The / Earl of Thanet's House in Grosvenor Square (in pen) and illegibly feint pencil inscriptions including the frieze and &

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (388 x 292)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson or James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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