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SM Adam volume 11/128


[1] Alternative design for a ceiling for the dining room, 1765


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, with a chimneybreast at one short end. The ceiling is ornamented with a central rosette, enclosed within a fan embellished with anthemia and Vitruvian scroll, and all this is bordered by a band of scrolled hearts. Beyond this there are peltoid shields, festoons and rosettes, which suspend drop calyx and wreaths enclosing anthemia. These alternate with pedestals ornamented with rosettes, flanked by winged sphinxes and surmounted by urns. All this is flanked by narrow strip compartments, ornamented with a band of hexagons enclosing rosettes


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a cieling for Henry Drummond Esq.r at his Dining room in Great George Street Westminster. / 128

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (421 x 352)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 94
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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