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SM Adam volume 12/31


[1] Record drawing for a ceiling for the front drawing room on the first storey, 1770, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, with a pattern of large connected roundels, containing rosettes enclosed within fans and festoons, and with medallions and enclosed rosettes in the links, and between the roundels are festoons hung from calyx and arabesques, supporting peltoid shields, and the whole has a border of rosettes and guilloche


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Front Drawing room at The Earl of Barrymore (pencil underwriting illegible)

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (625 x 428)


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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