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SM Adam volume 12/30


[4] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the back room on the first storey, 1770, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular compartmental ceiling, divided by bands of guilloche, with a central square compartment, containing a central rosette, enclosed within a fan, a fluted frame, and a band of arabesques, and set at the centre of a pattern of large connected roundels, the adjacent roundels containing segmental fans set against the edges of the compartment, and with oval medallions within lozenges in the links, and between the roundels are medallions enclosed within scrolled hearts composed of acanthus leaves, and calyx, and the central square is flanked by tripartite rectangular compartments, with a central vesica-shaped medallion enclosed within an octagonal frame, flanked by rectangular compartments containing arabesques and anthemia encircling rosettes enclosed within lozenges


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Back Room one pair of Stairs. at The Right Honble The Earl of Barrymore's House / in Portman Square / 5t House (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    Robt Adam Architect 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte, violet and Indian red within a single ruled border on laid paper (622 x 464)


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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