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image SM Adam volume 11/226

Reference number

SM Adam volume 11/226

Purpose

[1] Record drawing for a ceiling for the library, 1766, as executed

Aspect

Plan of a tripartite ceiling, ornamented with a central square compartment, containing a patera, encircled by a fan ornamented with calyx and rosettes; and with a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, with a border of medallions, panels of rinceaux, and lunette-shaped flowers; and with rectangular compartments to either side containing scrolled hearts

Scale

bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Cieling of the Library at Nostel / (and in pencil) individual elements of each part of the ceiling are marked in pencil with indications of the colours intended. These are Pink, Green, Darker pink, Light Pink, Darker Green and Light Blue

Signed and dated

1766

Medium and dimensions

1766

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith, Giuseppe Sacco of William Hamilton

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Stillman, 1966, p. 88
Harris, 2001, p. 355
King, 2001, Volume 1, p. 219
Sands, 2012, Volume 1, p. 97, Volume 2, p. 85
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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