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SM Adam volume 14/43


[13] Unfinished design for a drawing room ceiling, 1778, possibly executed


Plan of a ceiling with apsidal ends ornamented with contiguous, radiating circles containing a central, figurative roundel, enclosed within bands of rope moulding and fluting. This is enclosed within a fan ornamented with calyx, and beyond this there are further circular bands. The central roundel is flanked by smaller roundels enclosing rosettes, and panels ornamented with socles supporting tripods and urns, and flanked by putti bearing festoons. Beyond this part-circles form elliptical compartments with the apses. The compartments are ornamented with central figurative scenes enclosed within bands of fluting and fans ornamented with calyx


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 2 feet


Ceiling for the Drawing room at Mess.rs Drummonds at Charing Cross. / 43. / (and in pencil) [_ _ _ _ _] colour / [_ _ _ _ _] colour / Green / Light Green

Signed and dated

  • Sept 1778
    Adelphi / 14. Sep.r 1778.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, olive green and violet on laid paper (562 x 359)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 52
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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