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SM Adam volume 11/44


[107] Record drawing of a ceiling for the ceiling for Lady Scarsdale's dressing room, 1760


Plan of a square ceiling with a central medallion encircled by arabesques, masks and urns within a curved x-shaped panel, with an oval medallion at each of the four edges. There are further arabesques and calyx ornamentation around the edges


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Lady Scarsdale's Dressing room at Kedleston

Signed and dated

  • 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes in one eighth including Indian yellow and terre verte within a single ruled border on laid paper (425 x 346)


Agostino Brunias with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Bristow, 1986, p. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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