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image SM Adam volume 11/263

Reference number

SM Adam volume 11/263

Purpose

[2] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the great room, 1769, as executed

Aspect

Plan of a tripartite rectangular ceiling, divided by bands of figure-of-eight ribbons enclosing anthemia and rosettes, and with an apsidal end containing a rosette enclosed within a fan, and beyond is a band composed of alternating fans and compartments of rosettes and calyx, all set within a fluted frame. The central flat is ornamented with a central square compartment containing a medallion, enclosed within a fan, and a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, and beyond are compartments divided by bands of scrolled hearts, containing half putti, urns, medallions, and rinceaux, alternating with rinceaux and segmental figurative panels enclosed within fans, and the whole is set within a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, with rinceaux beyond in each corner. The central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing medallions and enclosed rosettes within lozenges, flanked by rinceaux

Scale

bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Lord Eglington (sic) (in pencil) / Cieling for the Great room fronting Piccadilly for The Earl of Eglington (sic)

Signed and dated

176[9 cropped]

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including olive green, cerulean blue, and pink on laid paper (893 x 591)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
Stillman, 1966, p. 101
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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