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  • image SM Adam volume 11/129

Reference number

SM Adam volume 11/129


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


Plan of a ceiling as Adam volume 11/128, with minor alterations. The central compartment is bordered by a band of guilloche enclosing rosettes, and in place of the winged sphinxes there are fluted socles supporting winged griffins and tripods surmounted by balusters bearing torches


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Dining Room at Henry Drummonds Esq.r in Great George Street Westminster / 129.

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (411 x 356)


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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