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SM Adam volume 14/41


[5] Design for a ceiling for Lady Griffin's dressing room, June 1778


Plan of a square ceiling, with a central figurative medallion encircled by anthemia, and enclosed anthemia within the central circle of guilloche, and the other, smaller circles enclosing rosettes, framed by festoons, four rectangular tablets containing putti riding half sphinxes, urns, ox skulls, and four vesica-shaped figurative medallions enclosed within wreaths


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Lady Griffin's Dressing room in Saville row / not executed

Signed and dated

  • June 1778
    Adelphi / 22d June 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including terre vert on laid paper (408 x 393)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 50
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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