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Record drawings for friezes, n.d. (3)


Though it is impossible to date these drawings it is clear that while a lot of the friezes from Harewood are represented it does not record them all. It would appear that this volume is not a catalogue of all of Adam's executed friezes, but rather a collection of the designs that the brothers considered to be their best. See appendix on volume 53.

(Adam volumes 53/31, 53/32) The two friezes for Edwin Lascelles's bed chamber are both labelled as being for a dressing room, but each corresponds to one of the two alternative laid out wall elevations for the bed chamber (Adam volumes 35/17 and 35/19). The friezes for Edwin, and Mrs Lascelles's dressing rooms (Adam volumes 53/33 and 53/32 respectively) each correspond with the laid out wall elevations for those rooms (Adam volumes 35/20 and 35/21).



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