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SM Adam volume 52/36


[15] Preliminary design for the ceiling for the circular banqueting room, c1770, thought to be as executed


Plan showing two ornamental details. On the left-hand side is a detail of a band of paterae enclosed within vesica-shaped fans of trefoils, alternating with large quatrefoils enclosing putti, and with rosettes between the fans at each end, and this is flanked by borders of lozenges. On the right-hand side is a detail of a band of quatrefoils enclosed within vesica-shaped compartments, alternating with enclosed rosettes


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (282 x 156)


Robert Adam


Harris, 2001, pp. 93, 344
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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