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  • image SM Adam volume 53/46

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SM Adam volume 53/46


[58] Record drawings for friezes for the great dining room, as executed, and for a drawing room, unexecuted, N.D.


Elevation of details of friezes, one for the great dining room, in the Etruscan style, ornamented with anthemia, and sphinxes either side of an urn on a pedestal, and the other for the drawing room, which is composed of roundels containing ferns, Tudor roses, and a lion and a unicorn


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Duke of Cumberland / Great Dining Room / Drawing Room

Signed and dated

  • N.D.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil drawn directly on to the volume page of laid paper (470 x 290)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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