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image SM Adam volume 53/4

Reference number

SM Adam volume 53/4

Purpose

[84] Record drawings for friezes for the hall, staircase and ante room to the eatng parlour, ND; it is not known if these designs were executed

Aspect

Elevation of friezes for the hall, the first storey of the staircase, and the upper portion of the staircase, the ante room to the eating parlour, and over the columns in the ante room. The frieze for the hall is composed of enclosed arms and military trophies, alternating with ox skulls supporting drops of calyx. The frieze for the upper part of the staircase is composed of enclosed rosettes, encircled by fans of unlobed acanthus leaves, and accompanied by a crossed sword and scabbard. The frieze for the first storey of the staircase is composed of masks, alternating with rosettes, and connected by festoons of bell flowers. The frieze for the ante room to the eating parlour is composed of a repeating pattern of a calyx, flanked by arabesques, and supporting a tubular flower, a calyx, and a miniature anthemion. The frieze for over the columns in the ante room is composed of deer skulls, alternating with rosettes, and connected by festoons of beading

Scale

bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Earl of Derby / Hall / Upper part of Staircase / One pair Story of Staircase / Anti room Parlor Story / Over Columns in Anti room / Earl of Derby (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on the laid paper of the folio page (291 x 470)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly James Adam

Watermark

IVILLEDARY

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 2001, p. 362
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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