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SM Adam volume 14/46


[17] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, as executed, 5 November 1778


Plan of a rectangular ceiling containing concentric elongated ovals centred on a figurative inset oval painted blue and white, and with blue and white painted cameos and rectangular panels on the outer ring


bar scale of 2/3 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Eating room at Weald Hall in Essex

Signed and dated

  • November 1778
    5t Novr 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and cerulean blue washes on laid paper (596 x 446)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
Stillman, 1966, p. 105
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 260
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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