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SM Adam volume 23/245


[22] Preliminary design for a chimneypiece for an unknown room, c1777


Rough elevation of a chimneypiece, with an architrave ornamented with dentils, and with a frieze ornamented with egg and dart, a rosette enclosed within a wreath, and two half anthemia, and surmounted by an overmantel composed of three large roundels divided by double calyx(?)


not to scale


Mr Keate and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1772-78
    date range: 1772-78

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (184 x 223)


Robert Adam


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



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