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image SM Adam volume 53/30 (part)

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SM Adam volume 53/30 (part)


[12] Designs for friezes for the drawing room, the dining room, and two unidentified rooms


Elevation of friezes. The frieze for the drawing room is composed of alternating fans and anthemia connected by scrolls. The frieze for the dining room is composed of a repeating pattern of fans within semicircular frames, and in the lozenge shapes between the semicircles are crosses formed of calyx. The first unidentified frieze is composed of large anthemia supported by calyx and rinceaux, alternating with small anthemia connected by swags of ribbon, supported by calyx. The second unidentified frieze is composed of paterae enclosed with wreaths, and then enclosed within connected circular frames, between which are calyx


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Sir James Lowther Bart / Drawing room at Whitehaven / Dining room

Signed and dated

  • N.D.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper of folio page (291 x 472)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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