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image SM Adam volume 29/66

Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/66

Purpose

[6] Design for the hall, 1789, possibly executed

Aspect

Elevation of a wall for the hall, with a central chimneypiece ornamented with a frieze of ram masks and festoons, and this is surmounted by an overmantel panel containing a winged griffin. To the left of the chimneypiece there is an entrance, with a cornice embellished with rosettes. To the right, there is a Doric pilaster, ornamented with a band of laurel leaf tips. The room has a frieze of ox skulls bearing festoons, and this is surmounted by a band of dentils

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 2 feet?

Inscribed

Section of the Chimney side of the Hall at Ruscombe / 64 (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • May 1789
    30.t May 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (478 x 300)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Daniel Robertson or Robert Morison

Verso

8 (crossed through) / 7 / This to be placed fourteenth / 16 / Lord Chief Baron Eyre at Ruscombe / This to be placed sixteenth (brown ink) / Lord Chief Baron Eyre at Ruscombe / 4

Watermark

GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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