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SM Adam volume 27/92


[42] Unfinished preliminary design for the ceiling of the first drawing room, 1780-85, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, divided into two compartments by a screen of two columns. On one side of the screen is a large square, and on the other side a narrow rectangle. The rectangle is ornamented with lozenges enclosing rosettes and anthemia. The square has a central medallion, encircled by enclosed rosettes, figurative tablets, military trophies, and fans in the corners


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


First Drawing room one pair of Cumberland House / C / D / D / D / W / W / yellow / pink / pink / yell / pink / yell / pink / pink / light yellow and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1780-1785
    date range: 1780-1785

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (408 x 552)


Robert Adam



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