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SM Adam volume 23/164


[42] Record drawing for a painted chimneypiece for Lady Mansfield's sitting-cum-dressing room, unexecuted, 1783


Elevation with stiles ornamented with paired, elongated Ionic pilasters, and an urn containing a bouquet of flowers, beading, rosettes, calyx and a peltoid shield. The frieze is ornamented with a band of cable moulding and enclosed flowers


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Earl of Mansfield at Kenwood

Signed and dated

  • 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including olive green, Prussian blue and pink on laid paper (416 x 294)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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