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SM Adam volume 49/32


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


Elevation of a detail of the stiles and frieze. The stile is composed of two Ionic pilasters with painted ornamentation in between of rosettes, beading, a bow, a peltoid shield, and a calyx. The frieze is ornamented with an enclosed rosette, a band of foliate ornamentation, and a band of cable moulding


full size


Lord Mansfields / Painted Chimney

Signed and dated

  • 1783
    datable to 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including olive green, Prussian blue and pink on laid paper (559 x 647)


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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