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SM Adam volume 53/51 (part)


[1] Record drawing for friezes, ND


Elevation of a frieze for an unknown room, composed of enclosed fans, supported by arabesques of ribbons, tubular flowers, and acanthus leaves, and enclosed beneath arches of bell flowers, and alternating with connected anthemia supported by calyx


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Duke of Ancaster (underwritten in pencil) / Duke of Ancaster (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

  • no date

Medium and dimensions

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


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 35
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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