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SM Adam volume 52/92


[14] Preliminary design for the niche head in the hall, c1771-72, as executed


Rough plan of a detail of a niche head, ornamented with a band of rosettes enclosed within lozenge-shaped frames, and drops of calyx forming lozenges; with a band of Vitruvian scroll, a band of rosettes, bows and festoons, another band of Vitruvian scroll, and a band of oval paterae enclosed within hexagons


not to scale


Nich head Sir Rowland Winns Hall and some measurements given (verso) Sketch at / Northampton / Friday evening

Signed and dated

  • c1771-72
    datable to c1771-72

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (212 x 197)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Sands, 2012, Volume 2, p. 134
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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