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image SM Adam volume 53/38 (part)

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SM Adam volume 53/38 (part)


[9] Record drawings for friezes for the hall and staircase, ND, as executed


Hall - Elevation of a frieze ornamented with ox skulls, rosettes, ribbons and festoons suspending peltoid shields. All this alternates with a rosette enclosed within a wreath, surrounded by thyrsi Impost for the staircase - Elevation of a frieze ornamented with tubular flowers, supporting acanthus leaves and calyx, and linked by semi-circular bands of calyx and beading, with rosettes in between Door frieze for the staircase - Elevation of a frieze ornamented with acanthus leaves, supporting fauna, and linked by semi-circular bands of calyx. At the centre of the band there is a patera bearing an anthemion, with an apron of ribbon, rosettes and acanthus leaves


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Sir Abraham Hume Bart. / Hall / at Wormleybury / I’mpost in Staircase / Door frize in Staircase (underwritten in pencil) / 38 / (and in modern curatorial hand, A.T. Bolton) Sir Abraham Hume. 38 (pencil)

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  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (290 x 470)


James Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 16, 25
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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