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image SM Adam volume 53/25 (part)

Reference number

SM Adam volume 53/25 (part)

Purpose

[14] Record drawing for friezes, N.D.

Aspect

Elevations of four friezes, one to go between the capitals in the salon, another for a dressing room, and two more are unidentified. The first unidentified frieze is composed of calyx supporting and enclosing tubular flowers, and anthemia, connected by scrolled acanthus leaves enclosing rosettes. The frieze to go between the capitals in the salon is composed of urns supported by calyx, and urns ornamented with ram masks supported by turned pedestals, connected by rinceau. The frieze for the dressing room is composed of fluted urns, surmounted by anthemia, and supported by anthemia, calyx, and tubular flowers, and connected by portions of rinceau, rosettes, and anthemia. The second unidentified frieze is composed of acanthus leaves, calyx, anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts of acanthus leaves, and connected by scrolls of acanthus leaves

Scale

bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Earl of Thanet / Frieze between Capitals in Salon / Dressing room / Earl of Thanet (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

N.D.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper of the folio page (291 x 471)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly James Adam

Watermark

VDL V and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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