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image SM Adam volume 53/24

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SM Adam volume 53/24


[56] Record drawing for friezes, ND, as executed


Elevation of friezes for the ante room with rosettes, swags and husks, the drawing room with anthemia, arabesques, a griffon and a vase, the first for the dressing room with urns, swags, weaponry, rosettes, peltoid shields and fleur-de-lis crossed by two swords, and the second for the dressing room with alternating squares of key meander and rosettes


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Earl of Coventry / Anti room / Drawing room / Octagon room / Octagon room between Capitals

Signed and dated

  • N.D.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil drawn directly onto the volume page of laid paper (294 x 471)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam




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



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