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SM Adam volume 23/199


[14] Preliminary design for a chimneypiece for an unknown room, c1774-79, 85-92


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with alternative designs shown on each side. The left-hand stile is a plain pilaster, ornamented with an acanthus leaf at the top, and the right-hand stile is a pilaster with a capital of unlobed acanthus leaves, with a feint segmental compartment drawn over the capital, and the frieze contains a compartment of waterleaf and spears to the left, and fluting to the right, with a central tablet containing an urn flanked by a lion and a unicorn, and the left-hand capital contains an urn, and the right-hand capital contains a ram mask enclosed within a wreath of beading


to a scale


Chimney for Register Office and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1774-1779 1785-92
    date range: 1774-79, 1785-92

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (329 x 249)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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