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  • A Design for a Chimney Piece in a Lower Story: Plate 51 of The British Architect; or, The Builder's Treasury of Staircases…, 1745
    By Abraham Swan (British, active 1745–68); engraving by Edward Rooker (British, 1711–1774)
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    13 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (34.9 x 21.6 cm)
    Gift of William Gedney Beatty, 1941 (41.100.30)

    Swan's British Architect went through a number of English editions prior to 1775 when an American edition was published in Philadelphia. Its designs for homes for the professional and middle classes in England were well suited to the needs of the colonial elite.

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    A Design for a Chimney Piece in a Lower Story: Plate 51 of The British Architect; or, The Builder's Treasury of Staircases…, 1745
    By Abraham Swan (British, active 1745–68); engraving by Edward Rooker (British, 1711–1774)
    Etching and engraving

    13 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (34.9 x 21.6 cm)
    Gift of William Gedney Beatty, 1941 (41.100.30)


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