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image SM Adam volume 40/8

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SM Adam volume 40/8


[66] Preliminary design for alternative design for the ceiling for the hall, 1760-61, unexecuted


Plan of a compartmental barrel-vaulted ceiling supported by a colonnade, with compartments containing oval skylights and oval panels, divided by bands of hexagons, and with compartments containing pencil-drawn arabesques outside the colonnade


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Hall showing the Compartments & Sky lights and the Manner of Finishing the Cove with Soffitts over columns / for Lord Scarsdales House (in the hand of William Adam) / E / B / B / B (verso) This to be placed Second and a further inscription below which has been largely cropped

Signed and dated

date range: 1760-61

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (931 x 634)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Hardy, 1978, p. 197
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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