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SM Adam volume 24/182


[29] Rough preliminary design for a chimneypiece for Lord Mansfield's dressing room, 1779, executed with alterations


Elevation of a chair, with turned legs, a seat rail ornamented with rosettes, and a cartouche-shaped back ornamented with a central patera, and an elevation of a detail of a chimneypiece, with a stile ornamented with an deer(?) skull, a festoon, and a drop, with a tablet in the frieze, and a rosette in the capital, and an elevation of a cornice, containing a frieze ornamented with roundels enclosing alternating rosettes and urns


not to scale


some dimensions given (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (231 x 206)


Robert Adam


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