Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [29] Preliminary design for the ceiling for the library (now the old library), 1765-66


  • image SM Adam volume 8/127

Reference number

SM Adam volume 8/127


[29] Preliminary design for the ceiling for the library (now the old library), 1765-66


Rough 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 arabesques, and alternating with panels of a fan, and by a band of rosettes enclosed within linked circles, and with festoons and wreaths in the corners of the central compartment. The outer, rectangular compartments of the central flat are ornamented with rosettes enclosed within an x-shaped arrangement, and parts of a fan, as in the central. The cove is ornamented with Maltese crosses enclosing rosettes, and surrounded with rinceaux


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1765-66
    date range: 1765-66

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (268 x 206)


Robert Adam



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).