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SM Adam volume 22/172


[11] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the drawing room (originally the great eating room), 1766, unexecuted


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with Corinthian pilaster stiles ornamented with calyx enclosed by figure-of-eight wreaths, with a lining ornamented with egg and dart moulding, with a frieze ornamented with rosettes, fluting festoons, and wreaths, and a tablet containing an urn, griffons, rosettes, and arabesques, with a mantel ornamented with laurel leaf tips, and dentils, and with enclosed rosettes in the capitals


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for the Drawing room at Ugbrooke (in pen in the hand of William Adam) / (and in pencil) Ld Clifford Drawing Room Chimney / 4ft 10 Ins this height proposed / Upper [ _ _ _ _ _ ] of Cornice in Glass / [ _ _ _ _ ] it

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (375 x 272)


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


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



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