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  • Trained as a draftsman in the studio of Robert Adam and his brother James, George Richardson even accompanied Adam on his Grand Tour of Italy from 1760 to 1763. In addition he shared the interest of the Adam brothers in interior decoration and an integral part of the architectural whole. When he left the Adams in 1765, he was already established as a ceiling painter, and her would later publish A Book of Ceilings Composed in the Stile of the Antique Grotesques. Throughout his career Richardson displayed an interest in the "antique grotesque," a form of design adapted from both Renaissance sources such as Raphael and from the recent discovery of wall decorations in Pompeii, unearthed in 1748. These influences are evident in this design for a chimney piece with its delicate scroll work and dancing maidens adapted from classical wall paintings. Perhaps motivated by Giovanni Battista Piranesi's 1769 folio Diverse maniere d'adronare I cammoni, featuring designs for fireplace influence by classical and ancient Egyptian architecture, Richardson published his New Collection of Chimney Pieces Ornaments in the Style of Etruscan, Greek, and roman Architecture in 1781, Unlike Piranesi, however, he showed his chimney pieces in the traditional manner, without roaring fires.
  • Alternate title :: Design for a Chimneypiece
  • Dimension height :: 26.7cm
  • Dimension width :: 36.5cm
  • Exhibition :: British Architectural Drawings (Yale Center for British Art)
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 17, Richardson
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: acanthus
  • Subject Concept :: anthemions
  • Subject Concept :: architectural subject
  • Subject Concept :: chimney (architectural element)
  • Subject Concept :: chimneypieces
  • Subject Concept :: designs
  • Subject Concept :: festoons
  • Subject Concept :: paterae (motifs)
  • Subject Concept :: scrolling foliage
  • ...
  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
  • Design for a Chimney Piece