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image SM Adam volume 11/45

Reference number

SM Adam volume 11/45


[67] Record drawing for alternative design for the ceiling for the hall, 1760-61, unexecuted


Plan and detail of a barrel-vaulted compartmental ceiling, divided into nine compartments containing round and oval panels of bands of acanthus leaves and urns and anthemia, framed by bands of hexagons enclosing flowers


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Hall at Kedleston (in the hand of William Adam) Part of the Cieling at the Angle with the Cove / Extended upon a Straight Line

Signed and dated

  • 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (582 x 449)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Stillman, 1966, p. 66
Hardy, 1978, p. 197
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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