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image SM Adam volume 53/52 (part)

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SM Adam volume 53/52 (part)


[14] Record drawings for friezes for the hall, ante room, and dining room N.D.


Elevation of friezes for the hall, ante room, and dining room. The frieze for the hall is composed of a band of ox skulls connected by festoons of beading, a band of laurel leaf tips, and a band of roundels enclosing trophies, altars, and urns. The frieze for the ante room is composed of naturalistic palmettes, alternating with rectangular compartments enclosing ox skulls and swags, and connected by scrolls. The frieze for the dining room is composed of bacchic masks, with vine and wheat headdresses, enclosed within a figure-of-eight of a vine in one strand, and wheat sheaves in the other


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Anthony Chamier Esqr (in pen) / Hall at Mr Chamiers (in pencil) / Hall (in pen) / (and in pen and underwritten in pencil) Anti room / Dining room / Anthony Chamier (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

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  • N.D.

Medium and dimensions

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


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


VDL V and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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