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SM Adam volume 11/135


[30] Alternative design for the ceiling for the library (now the old library), 1765-66


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, divided by bands of scrolled hearts, and with a deep cove. The central flat has a central square compartment, with a central rosette, enclosed within an x-shaped arrangement containing rinceaux, and alternating with panels of a fan, and by a band of rosettes enclosed by wreaths, and with festoons and medallions containing angles in the corners of the central compartment. The outer, rectangular compartments of the central flat are ornamented with rosettes enclosed within fans, and bands of rosettes enclosed within wreaths, surrounded by rinceaux. The cove is ornamented with Maltese crosses enclosing rosettes, and bands of rosettes enclosed within wreaths, and surrounded rinceaux


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Library at Gawthorp House in Yorkshire The Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esquire / Not executed and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (608 x 477)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Mauchline, 1992, p. 70
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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