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  • image SM Adam volume 53/18

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SM Adam volume 53/18


[30] Record drawing for friezes for the hall, dressing room, ante room, lady's dressing room and drawing room, no date


Elevations of details. The hall frieze is composed of swags, husks and rosettes. The Duke's dressing room frieze is a diamond pattern. The ante room frieze is made up of scrolls, flowers and anthemia. The Duchess's dressing room frieze is composed of vases and swags. The drawing room frieze depicts armorial hounds either side of a coat of arms


bar scale of 3 inches to 1 foot


Duke of Bolton / Hall / Dressing Room / Ante room one pair / Lady's Dressing room / Drawing room

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

Pen drawn directly on to the volume page of laid paper (470 x 287)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 48
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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