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SM Adam volume 3/9


[36] Design for the over doors for the drawing room, c1784, as executed


Elevation of an overdoor, with a rosette enclosed within a wreath, flanked by winged sphinxes and quarter-fans. Above this there is an oval frame, set within a band of enclosed anthemia, and this is surrounded by rosettes and flanked by Corinthian pilasters ornamented with bands of calyx. There is a central tablet ornamented with a gadrooned urn and arabesques, and this is flanked by anthemia and miniature tripods, supporting urns surmounted by anthemia. The overdoor has a frieze of calyx supporting anthemia, enclosed within semi-circular bands of husks


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Manner proposed for finishing over the three doors in the / Drawing room at Brasted (underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, Indian yellow and Payne's grey (248 x 447)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


(obscured where affixed) a Part(?) of Ornaments


Banded cartouche surmounted by fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 172; Index, p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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