Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [32] Record drawing for the ceiling for the library (now the old library), 1765-66


  • image SM Adam volume 11/137

Reference number

SM Adam volume 11/137


[32] Record drawing for the ceiling for the library (now the old library), 1765-66


Plan as Adam volume 11/135, but with rinceaux rather than rosettes enclosed by wreaths around the central circle, and with cameos rather than medallions in the corners of the central compartment, and without bands fo rosettes enclosed within wreaths in the side compartments or cove, and with a simplified pattern of rinceaux in the cove, as executed


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Library at Gawthorp. The Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esquire

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (600 x 466)


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.



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).