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  • image SM Adam volume 5/23

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SM Adam volume 5/23


[5] Preliminary design for a frieze and cornice for the front room, c1779


Elevation of a window cornice, with a frieze ornamented with a mask set within a foil roundel, and this is flanked by festoons of beads which suspend peltoid shields and arabesques. Above, there is a band of acanthus leaves and a band of beading


not to scale


Mr Stainforthe (?) the front room (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (414 x 297)


Robert Adam


Bottom of P[_ _ _ _ _ _ _] [_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _] (pencil, crossed through) / Mr Stainfourth(?) back room (pencil) / top of Window Architrave (pencil, crossed through)



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