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SM Adam volume 22/229


[6] Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the round drawing room, 1767


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with spirally fluted column stiles and acanthus capitals; flanking an architrave ornamented with guilloche enclosing rosettes; around a cusp-shaped lining supported by small lotus capital pilasters, and ornamented with laurel and ivy leaves; and with a frieze ornamented with alternating double anthemia and lozenges enclosing stars, flanked by compartments containing drops of calyx, and with an ornamental mantel


2 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Chimney Piece for the Honorable Horace Walpole

Signed and dated

  • 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including red, terre verte, cerulean blue and Indian yellow on laid paper (405 x 292)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Giuseppe Sacco


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
Stillman, 1966, p. 111
Harris, 2001, p. 8
Wilton Ely, 2011, p. 5
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953
Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill, Yale Center for British Art, Newhaven, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 6 March - 4 July 2010
Giving Our Past a Future: The Work of the World Monuments Fund Britain, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 26 October 2012 - 26 January 2013

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