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SM Adam volume 13/103


[1] Design for a drawing room ceiling, 1776, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a fireplace at one short end. The ceiling is ornamented with a central figurative roundel, enclosed within a fluted band. This is surrounded by arabesques supporting calyx and anthemia, and enclosed within a concave lozenge. Beyond this there are rosettes, and all this is enclosed within an oval band of Vitruvian scroll, surrounded by festoons of husks. From the points of the lozenge, drop calyx suspend further figurative roundels


bar scale of 6 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Cieling of the Drawing room at the Great House in Fredericks Place / 103

Signed and dated

  • August 1776
    Adelphi / 30.th Augst. / 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (425 x 471)


James Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 60
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 97
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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