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SM Adam volume 11/235


[1] Record drawing for a ceiling for Lady Holland's bedroom, 1767, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular compartmental ceiling, divided by bands of Vitruvian scroll, and with a bow on one side, with a central rosette, enclosed within a fan ornamented with calyx, and within a circular frame of cable moulding, and with calyx and peltoid shields in the corners, and this is flanked by shaped squares containing calyx, and lozenges enclosing rosettes, and these are framed by rectangular compartments containing festoons, enclosed rosettes, and peltoid shields, and with a square compartment containing rinceaux in each corner. The bow is ornamented with a central rosette, enclosed by a fan, and a frame of cable moulding, a band of lozenges enclosing miniature rosettes, and a band of compartments containing rinceaux, urns, and winged griffons


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Lady Hollands Bed Chamber at Kingsgate

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (300 x 276)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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