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image SM Adam volume 53/26 (part)

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SM Adam volume 53/26 (part)


[48] Record drawings for friezes, N.D.


Elevation of friezes for the hall, dining room and library. The hall frieze is composed of triglyphs alternating with enclosed ox/deer skulls and ram masks. The dining room frieze is composed of acanthus leaves and anthemia connected by scrolls. The library frieze is composed of an urn flanked by lions, one of which has an arabesque tail, beyond which is a stag/deer head with antlers from which hang drops of calyx


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Lord Mansfield / Hall at Kenwood / Dining room / Library

Signed and dated

  • It is not possible to assign a date range to this drawing as it is included in a volume of record drawings: drawn directly onto the page rather than pasted in. As such this collection of record drawings appears to have been produced as a complete work - perhaps as a catalogue of Adam friezes - and may have been compiled some time after the work at Kenwood.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil drawn directly onto the folio page of laid paper (292 x 470)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


VLDV and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Bryant, 1990, p. 8
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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