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  • image SM Adam volume 13/90

Reference number

SM Adam volume 13/90


[2] Alternative finished drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1770


Plan of a rectangular tripartite ceiling with central square compartment and two side panels. In the square a central octagon, bordered with festoons and rosettes, with a central circular medallion framed by 8 panels alternately containing arabesques and an urn with arabesques. Around the edges, fans in the corners and enclosed rosettes in between. In the flanking panels, a central tazza with arabesques containing half animals, set within an inner border


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris and pink on laid paper (603 x 445)


Adam office hand, possibly Giuseppe Manocchi


For full literature references see scheme notes.



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