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image SM Adam volume 41/46

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/46

Purpose

[6] Finished drawing for the apse head in the saloon, c1770, executed with alterations

Aspect

Plan and detail of an apse head, divided from the room by bands of scrolled hearts and fluting, and screened by two columns. The apse head is ornamented with a patera, enclosed within a segmental band of Vitruvian scroll, a fan, and an outer border of quadrilateral compartments, divided by beading, and containing oval medallions

Scale

bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Saloon Niche Head at Nostel the Seat of / Sir Rowland Winn Bart (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Soffite [ _ _]anted (in feint pencil)

Signed and dated

datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (515 x 349)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Literature

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam
Harris, 2001, p. 355
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 219
Sands, 2012, Volume 2, p. 110
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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