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image SM Adam volume 11/79

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SM Adam volume 11/79


[13] Alternative record drawing for the ceiling for the great room at Bowood, 1763, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a cove. The central flat is ornamented with a grid pattern of paterae and fans enclosed within ovals, and with rosettes enclosed within lozenges in between, and ornamented with rinceaux in the ground. The cove is ornamented with anthemia, urns, masks, and rinceaux in the corners, and rosettes and fans enclosed within circles and lozenges along the sides


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Great room at Bowood / Practically as executed (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson)

Signed and dated

1763 / 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (465 x 349)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, Agostino Scara or Benedetto Napoletano


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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