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SM Adam volume 23/104


[16] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the octagonal room on the first storey, 1777


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with console stiles, and with a tablet in the frieze containing a wreath flanked by ribbons, and with an urn on a pedestal in each capital. Above the chimneypiece is an overmantel mirror, with a square frame ornamented with anthemia alternating with calyx, and surmounted by a segmental compartment containing an urn, flanked by winged half putti with arabesque tails, surmounted by festoons hung from bows, and with a border of enclosed anthemia


to a scale


Chimney Piece for Mr. Keates Octagonal room one pair Storey and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, terre verte, and cerulean blue on laid paper (292 x 434)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Harris, 1963, p. 54
Wainwright, 1996, p. 40
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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