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SM Adam volume 23/242


[3] Preliminary design for a chimneypiece and overmantel ornamentation for an unknown room, c1771


Rough elevation of a chimneypiece with plain stiles, and a plain frieze, surmounted by a rectangular frame, surmounted by wall ornament composed of rosettes and cameos connected by festoons, and supporting drops composed of oval medallions, drops of calyx, tubular flowers, rectangular figurative compartments, and urns


not to scale


Major Maines Chimney With Decorations / round a picture of Claude and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • c1771
    datable to c1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (207 x 261)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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