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image SM Adam volume 53/14

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SM Adam volume 53/14


[12] Record drawings for friezes, ND


Elevation of friezes for the dining room, the lady's dressing room, the first drawing room, the ante room, and the second drawing room. The dining room frieze is composed of fluting, alternating with wreaths enclosing masks and urns accompanied by an enclosed rosette. The lady's dressing room frieze is composed of anthemia and tubular flowers, supported by calyx and acanthus leaves, flanked by birds (eagles?), which support festoons of bell flowers, and these elements alternate with calyx and arabesques enclosing rosettes. The first drawing room frieze is composed of urns, supported by half figures, alternating with anthemia. The ante room frieze is composed of putti, standing on pedestals, and alternating with urns supported by tubular flowers and calyx; putti and urns are connected by festoons of bell flowers. The second drawing room frieze is composed of anthemia, enclosed within continuous roundels, with calyx in between


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Dining room / Lady's Dressing room one pair / First Drawing room / Anti room / Second Drawing room

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on the laid paper of the folio page (290 x 470)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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



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