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image SM Adam volume 12/4

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SM Adam volume 12/4


[8] Record drawing for a ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769


Plan of a square ceiling with a chimneybreast on one side, and with a central medallion, enclosed within frames of laurel leaf tips and guilloche, and encircled by alternating medallions and fans, enclosed within a circular frame, and festoons hung from bows, which supports four drops running into the corners, each composed of a lozenge-shaped medallion, a bow, a scrolled heart of acanthus leaves, a tablet, calyx, and an enclosed rosette


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the back Drawing room at Sir Robert Rich's House in Grosvenor Square / pink

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and terre verte on laid paper (427 x 408)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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