Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [14] Record drawing for a ceiling for the library, 1768, as executed


  • image SM Adam volume 14/84

Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/84


[14] Record drawing for a ceiling for the library, 1768, as executed


Plan of a tripartite rectangular ceiling with a canted bay at one end, as in Adam volume 11/256, shown complete. On the opposite side of the square compartment to the bay is a narrow rectangular compartment containing a mask and arabesques


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Library at Saltram / Painting 1780 filled in (in the hand of A. T. Bolton) / Painting [--------] / Blue painted Head / Brown / Pink / Green / Red (in the hand of Robert Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink and olive green wash on laid paper (604 x 426)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with additional inscriptions in the hand of Robert Adam and Arthur Bolton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p.159, Index p. 27
For full 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).