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SM Adam volume 11/64


[1] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, possibly as executed, 1761


Plan of a rectangular ceiling containing a large central oval compartment containing medallions, a fan, arabesques and a central rosette, framed by four rectangular panels containing winged and horned lions, and with arabesques in each corner


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Earl of Hertford's Drawing Room in Grosvenor Street

Signed and dated

  • 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian red and Prussian blue (565 x 419)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
Stillman, 1966, p. 96
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 381, Volume II, p. 170
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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