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SM Adam volume 53/43 (part)


[22] Record drawing for friezes for the drawing room, dressing room and library, ND, as executed


Elevation of friezes for the drawing room, dressing room, library and library bookcases. The frieze for the drawing room is composed of urns supported by turned, tripod pedestals, connected by festoons, and alternating with roundels, one being an anthemion within a frame of cable moulding, and the other being a cameo within a frame of cable moulding. The frieze for the dressing room is composed of alternating enclosed paterae of acanthus leaves, and an urn ornamented with a lion mask and gadrooning. The frieze for the library is composed of alternating acanthus leaves and fluting. The frieze for the library bookcases is composed of anthemia, supported by rinceaux and rosettes, and alternating with fans hung from the same rinceaux


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Drawing room / Dressing room / Library / Bookcase frieze (all in pen and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (291 x 470)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


VDL V and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Sands, 2012, Volume 2, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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