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SM Adam volume 11/256


[13] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the library, 1768, as executed


Plan of north-east corner of ceiling. The corner of a main square compartment is shown, containing a large circle bordered with guilloche and containing an x-shaped arrangement; in the centre a rosette within a smaller circle of Vitruvian scroll. Outside the large circle are four enclosed rosettes containing masks, and arabesques in each corner. Half of an irregular compartment is shown, with a large putto supported by a shell springing from a mask base, with arabesques to the sides. All the compartments are bordered with olive leaves


to a scale


Mr Parker

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and violet and olive green wash on laid paper (318 x 200)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton



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