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SM Adam volume 12/26


[2] Design for a ceiling for an unknown room, c1771


Plan of a rectangular(?) ceiling, with a central enclosed oval patera, encircled by rosettes enclosed within scrolled hearts, and an oval frame of guilloche, and set within a border of connected rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight wreaths, flanked at each short end by two masks enclosed within fans and wreaths


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Major Maine in Wimpole Street

Signed and dated

  • c1771
    datable to c1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (393 x 289)


Adam office hand




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 395
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 181
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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