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SM Adam volume 53/29 (part)


[18] Record drawing for friezes, ND, as executed


Elevation of friezes for the hall, the great room, the lady's room, and the salon. The hall frieze is composed of rosettes, enclosed within a fan of waterleaf, and a circular frame, alternating with an urn, supported by calyx and arabesques. The great room frieze is composed of alternating urns and vines, divided by double calyx, and enclosed by arabesques of ribbon. The lady's room frieze is composed of anthemia alternating with naturalistic anthemia, connected by calyx and arabesques of ribbon. The salon frieze is composed of a mask, enclosed within a fan, flanked by festoons, connecting to urns supported by calyx


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Earl of Bective / Hall / Great Room / Lady's room (all underwritten in pencil) / Salon / Earl of Bective (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on the laid paper of the folio page (293 x 469)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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