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  • image SM Adam volume 22/232

Reference number

SM Adam volume 22/232


[4] Variant design for a chimneypiece for an unknown room for 21 Portman Square, 1775


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with consoles ornamented with acanthus leaves, and with an architrave ornamented with laurel leaf tips, and a mantel ornamented with acanthus leaves, and with a pencil-drawn annotation to the right-hand side which is similar to Adam volume 11/172


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Chimney Piece for William Locke Esqr (in the hand of William Adam) / Chimney Piece for Mr Locke (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (336 x 219)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 48
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 403
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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