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SM Adam volume 11/33


[3] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1770, as executed


Plan of a rectangular tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of cable moulding, and with a border of enclosed rosettes, and paired enclosed anthemia. There is a central square compartment containing a central medallion encircled by a frame of enclosed rosettes, fans, and panels of urns flanked by rinceaux, set within an octagonal frame, with squares on four alternating sides containing rosettes, and lozenge-shaped medallions and alternating with festoons. Beyond this there are segmental compartments containing segmental figurative panels, encircled by bands of enclosed anthemia, and calyx crockets, and with a drop in each corner composed or urns, rinceaux, winged griffons, half-figures, anthemia, bell flowers, peltoid shields and calyx. The central square compartment is flanked by tripartite, rectangular compartments, with a central rectangular compartment containing an oval medallion, enclosed within a band of rosettes within figure-of-eight ribbons, and set within an oval frame, encircled by alternating festoons, and squares containing rosettes and lozenge-shaped cameos, and with a fan in each corner. The flanking compartments contain segmental figurative panels, encircled by bands of enclosed anthemia, and calyx crockets, and with an enclosed mask in each corner


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at Northumberland House as executed

Signed and dated

  • June 1770
    June 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including verdigris, Prussian blue and pink on laid paper (979 x 617)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Stillman, 1966, p. 102
Harris, 2001, pp. 100, 344, 345
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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