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image SM Adam volume 8/31

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SM Adam volume 8/31


[3] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the front drawing room, 1776, thought to be as executed


Plan of a square ceiling compartment, with a central figurative medallion, encircled by a frame of lobes, winged figures, and set within an x-shaped arrangement, with an enclosed urn at each corner, and framed by festoons, and medallions flanked by by winged griffons, and turned pedestals, and in each corner is a segmental rosette, enclosed within a a frame of enclosed miniature rosettes, and enclosed calyx(?)


not to scale

Signed and dated

datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (207 x 207)


Robert Adam


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