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  • image SM Adam volume 12/28

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SM Adam volume 12/28


[2] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the front drawing room on the first storey, 1770, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular, compartmental ceiling, divided by bands of scrolled hearts and cameos, with a central square compartment containing a central patera, enclosed within a circular frame of cable moulding, framed by four scrolled hearts containing anthemia, and enclosed within bands of calyx, which also support four medallions between the scrolled hearts, and which continue to form segmental compartments on each side, containing segmental tablets of urns flanked by winged griffons, and triangular compartments in each corner, containing vesica-shaped medallions flanked by arabesques and tubular flowers, and this central compartment is flanked by tripartite compartments to each side, with a central oval medallion enclosed within a wreath and arabesques, flanked by circular medallions enclosed within wreathes, calyx and anthemia


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Front Room one pair of Stairs at The Right Honble The Earl of Barrymore's House in Portman Square

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    Robt Adam Architect 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including terre verte, pink and Indian red on laid paper (625 x 460)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 48
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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