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SM Adam volume 17/128


[36] Record drawing for a grate for the great drawing room, 1775; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a grate, with tapering legs, ornamented with fluting, ram masks, and festoons, supporting a base rail ornamented with enclosed anthemia, surmounted by paired Doric columns supporting urns, and a back plate ornamented with fans and enclosed rosettes, and the grate is within a chimneypiece lining ornamented with anthemia enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbons


bar scale of 2 3/4 inches to 1 foot


Grate for the Great Drawing room at Lord Stanley' in Grosenor Square

Signed and dated

  • 23/01/1775
    Adelphi Janry [cropped] / Adelphi / 23d. Janry 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (442 x 334)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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