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  • image SM Adam volume 22/278

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SM Adam volume 22/278


[7] Record drawing for a chimneypiece for the first drawing room, c1770, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece with a volute stile, surmounted by a ram mask, and ornamented with festoons and drops of bell flowers, and with a fluted lining with anthemia in the corners, and with a frieze ornamented with lozenges of beading, enclosing rosettes, and alternating with double anthemia, with fluting in the capitals, and with a tablet containing a medallion enclosed within a frame of beading, flanked by urns on tripod pedestals


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the front Drawing room at Harewood House / the Honble Mr. Hobarts in St. James's Square and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1770
    datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (408 x 292)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 49
Survey of London, 1960, pl. 189a
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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