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SM Adam volume 11/141


[46] Design for a ceiling for Edwin Lascelles's dressing room, 1766, at least partly as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, divided asymmetrically with a band of rosettes enclosed by linked circles, with three intertwined circles of reed and ribbon to the left, ornamented with rosettes, anthemia, and a vine, and with to the right is an oval of reed and ribbon, ornamented with rosettes, anthemia, calyx, and arabesques of acanthus leaves


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Dressing Room or Lodging Room at Gawthorpe

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (405 x 288)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


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



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