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SM Adam volume 23/52


[6] Design for a chimneypiece for Lady Derby's room in the dairy, 1777; it is not known if this was executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with stiles ornamented with vesica-shaped wreaths of bell flowers, hung from miniature rosettes, and supporting calyx, and a miniature enclosed rosette, and with enclosed urns in the capitals, and a tablet containing a tazza enclosed within an oval frame ornamented with beading


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for Lady Derby's room in the Dairy Building / at Knowsley / Best Bed Char _ Mr Romney (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 24/02/1777
    Adelphi / 24t. Febry 1777.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (406 x 293)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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