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image SM Adam volume 53/50

Reference number

SM Adam volume 53/50

Purpose

[16] Record drawing for friezes for the gallery, staircase, library, library doors, and dining room, ND, all but that for the staircase as executed

Aspect

Elevation of friezes for the gallery, staircase, library, library doors, and dining room. The frieze for the gallery is composed of urns, supported by tripod pedestals, connected by festoons, and alternating with rosettes. The frieze for the staircase is composed of ovals enclosed within fluting and ribbon. The frieze for the library is composed of anthemia, alternating with anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts, connected by scrolls of ribbon. The frieze for the library door frieze is composed of anthemia and calyx between strigil-shaped arabesques of ribbon. The dining room frieze is composed of masks, alternating with urns, supported by calyx, and arabesques of acanthus leaves and tubular flowers, supporting arches of foliage which enclose the masks

Scale

bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Gallery at Mellerstain (in pencil) / Gallery / Staircase (in pencil) / Staircase / Library (underwritten in pencil) / Doors in Library (in pencil) / Library doors / Dining room (in pencil) / Dining room and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on the laid paper of the folio page (293 x 470)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly James Adam

Watermark

IVILLEDARY

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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