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image SM Adam volume 53/39 (part)

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SM Adam volume 53/39 (part)


[15] Record drawings for friezes for the great parlour, the drawing room screen, and the drawing room


Elevation of friezes. The frieze for the great parlour is composed of peltoid shields and festoons hung from bows. The frieze for the drawing room screen is composed of a rosette enclosed within a fan, and flanked by drops of calyx within a serpentine ribbon. The frieze for the drawing room is composed of a patera and rosettes formed of anthemia, calyx and scrolls, alternating, and enclosed within connected circles of acanthus leaves, with calyx between the circles


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Sir John Griffin / Audley End / Great Parlor / Drawing room Screen / Drawing room (all in pen and underwritten in pencil) / ie architecture to columned recess (beside Drawing room Screen in pencil in a modern curatorial hand) / Sir John Griffin (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

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Medium and dimensions

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


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 2
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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