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SM Adam volume 11/59


[51] Record drawing of a ceiling for the fishing room, 1770, executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central patera encircled by acanthus leaves, arabesques, calyx and enclosed rosettes within a curved x-shape arrangement, encircled by medallions, a band of Vitruvian scroll, festoons of bell flowers, and large oval medallions


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Fishing room at Kedleston (in the hand of William Adam) (and in feint pencil) Fishing room

Signed and dated

  • August 1770
    August 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including verdigris on laid paper (550 x 409)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 81
Harris, 2006, pp. 25-26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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