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image SM Adam volume 53/6

Reference number

SM Adam volume 53/6

Purpose

[86] Record drawings for frieze for the ante room, first and second drawing rooms, the great drawing rooms, and the Etruscan dressing room, ND, those for the ante room, second drawing room, great drawing room and Etruscan room as executed, but it is not known if that for the first drawing room was executed

Aspect

Elevation of friezes for the ante room, the first and second drawing rooms, the great drawing room, and the Etruscan dressing room. The ante room frieze is composed of urns, supported by calyx and tubular flowers, and with foliage springing from their tops, alternating with foliage and calyx, connected by arabesques enclosing rosettes. The first drawing room frieze is composed of anthemia and naturalistic anthemia, supported by calyx, alternating with rosettes and enclosed rosettes, and enclosed within wreaths of beading. The second drawing room frieze is composed of half-putti, alternating with urns supported by calyx, connected by arabesques and festoons. The great drawing room frieze is composed of alternating fluting and drops of calyx, and enclosed fans, encircled by wreaths of bell flowers. The Etruscan dressing room frieze is composed of alternating fluting composed of drops of calyx, and rosettes enclosed within fans and wreaths of laurel leaves

Scale

bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

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

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

Fleur de lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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