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SM Adam volume 11/156


[91] Alternative design for the soffit to the half landing in the great staircase, 1769


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of enclosed rosettes and anthemia, with a central rectangle containing an enclosed patera, framed by four drops of rinceaux, within an oval fluted frame, and with an enclosed rosette in each corner, and the central rectangle is flanked by bordering rectangles containing enclosed rosettes, frame by four drops of rinceaux, within a lozenge-shaped frame, with an enclosed rosette in each corner


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for half pace of Great Staircase at Gawthorpe (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

datable to c1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (436 x 256)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


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



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