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image SM Adam volume 11/30

Reference number

SM Adam volume 11/30

Purpose

[16] Record drawing for the ceiling for the circular banqueting room, 1770, thought to be as executed

Aspect

Plan of a 1/8 detail of a circular ceiling; with a central roundel enclosed by a patera of stiff leaf and beading, encircled by a band containing alternating acanthus leaves and fans of trefoils surmounted by an anthemion; and this is framed by a band of quatrefoils and a lion mask. Beyond this is a wide band containing paterae enclosed within vesica-shaped fans of trefoils, alternating with large quatrefoils enclosing putti, and with anthemia between the fans at one end, and with anthemia, rosettes and laurel leaves between the fans at the other end. The whole is enclosed within a frame composed of bands of lozenges, and a band of quatrefoils enclosed within vesica-shaped compartments, alternating with enclosed rosettes flanked by calyx and rosettes; and with a pencil-drawn detail of this design in the bottom right-hand corner

Scale

bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Cieling of the Circular room at Alnwick

Signed and dated

Janry 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including terre verte, pink, cerulean blue, and Indian red on laid paper (413 x 577)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Harris, 2001, pp. 91, 93, 344
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 262
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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