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SM Adam volume 11/102


[3] Finished drawing for the ceiling of the drawing room, 1764, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a canted end, and with a central patera enclosed within a fan, a band of guilloche, a band of griffons, urns, arabesques and rosettes, and the whole encircled by festoons, ribbons, masks, and two peltoid shields


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design for a Cieling for the Drawing Room for John Sargent Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including red and Indian red on laid paper (501 x 412)


James Adam, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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