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Grape clusters on the 18th c. frieze of The Circus, Bath


In Bath, England, between The Royal Crescent and Queen Square, lies The Circus.  The Circus is a completely circular formation of homes punctuated by only three streets at regular angles.  Designed by John Wood the Elder and built by John Wood the Younger, the three arcs were built in phases between 1754-1768.

There is no variation to the fronts of the houses, they are all three stories tall representing three orders Roman Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.  The frieze of the Doric entablature is decorated with 525 emblems including grapes.  In this instance, a vine with two grape clusters supported by a tree trunk, is shown centered above one pair of columns.

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