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image SM Adam volume 53/23

Reference number

SM Adam volume 53/23

Purpose

[103] Record drawing for passages, staircase, library, drawing room, tapestry room, Etruscan dressing room, ND, as executed

Aspect

Elevation of friezes. The frieze for the passages is composed of anthemia, rosettes, and acanthus arabesques. The frieze for the staircase is composed of jugs ornamented with acanthus leaves, and rosettes enclosed by a band of guilloche. The frieze for the library is composed of guilloche enclosing rosettes and calyx. The frieze for the drawing room is composed of anthemia enclosed by scrolled hearts, with calyx in between each heart. The frieze for the tapestry room is composed of cameos and enclosed urns within a band of hexagonal coffering. The frieze for the Etruscan dressing room is composed of urns with calyx socles, filled with fruit, with swags and festoons connected to drops of calyx

Scale

bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Passages / Staircase / Library / Drawing room / Tapestry room / Dressing room / Robt Child (in pencil)

Signed and dated

ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on the laid paper of the folio page (290 x 469)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly James Adam

Watermark

VDL surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 2001, p. 179
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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