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  • image SM Adam volume 22/170

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SM Adam volume 22/170


[7] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the dining room, 1766-67, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with fluted console stiles ornamented with beading, and drops of calyx, with a lining ornamented with acanthus leaves, and laurel leaf tips, with a frieze ornamented with peltoid shields, bows, and festoons, and a tablet containing an urn-filled with flowers, rosettes, and arabesques, and with a mantel ornamented with acanthus leaves, and dentils


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


Chimney piece for the Dining room at Ugbrooke (in pen in the hand of William Adam) / (and in pencil) Lord Clifford's Dining room Chimney / 3d House / River front / Back Parlor and some dimensions given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (415 x 287)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


The pencil inscription on this drawing, 3d House / River front / Back Parlor, suggests that Adam had intended to reuse the design at the Adelphi, as was the case with various other chimneypiece designs of the 1760s. In this case it was clearly intended for use in the back parlour of 3 Royal Terrace. Contrary to the inscription, however, the design does not correspond with Adam’s extant chimneypiece deign for that room (Adam volume 24/28), although the frieze was reproduced in the chimneypieces designs for the back parlour at 9 Royal Terrace (Adam volume 24/42), and the back drawing room at 4 Royal Terrace (Adam volume 24/34).


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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