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image SM Adam volume 53/13

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SM Adam volume 53/13


[11] Record drawings for friezes, ND


Elevation of friezes for the hall, the first storey and the parlour storey of the staircase, and the library. The hall frieze is composed of urns supported by calyx, alternating with, and connected by swags to roundels, containing alternating enclosed rosettes superimposed on crossed swords, and bulls. The frieze for the first storey of the staircase is composed of urns, supported by turned pedestals, connected by festoons of bell flowers, and alternating with enclosed rosettes. The parlour storey of the staircase frieze is composed of alternating ox skulls and military trophies, hung from arabesques, supported by calyx, and pedestals between each element. The library frieze is composed of alternating anthemia, and double calyx, connected by arabesques of ribbon


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Honble George Hobart / Hall / One pair Story of Staircase / Parlor Story of Staircase / Library / Hon G. Hobart (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)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 49
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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