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image SM Adam volume 53/21 (part)

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SM Adam volume 53/21 (part)


[25] Record drawing for friezes for the great room and the King's room, N.D., as executed


Elevation of details of friezes. The frieze for the drawing room is composed of winged half figures and acanthus leaves. The frieze for the dining room is composed of pedestals supporting vases of flowers linked by festoons and alternating with rosettes enclosed by wreaths


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Drawing room at Bowood / Dining room

Signed and dated

No date

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (293 x 470)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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