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image SM Adam volume 12/87

Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/87

Purpose

[8] Alternative design for a ceiling for the saloon, 1771

Aspect

Plan of a square coved ceiling, with an apsidal recess on one side. There is a square central flat ornamented with a central roundel, enclosed within a wreath, and a lozenge-shaped frame with fans in the corners, and this is encircled by tripod urns, flanked by female figures, all supported by tablets of festoons, and flanked by perfume burners, winged griffons, calyx, festoons and rosettes enclosed within wreaths. The whole is set within a border of connected enclosed rosettes, and the cove is ornamented with anthemia enclosed within festoons, supporting drops of anthemia, calyx, tubular flowers, tazza, and acanthus leaves, and between each drop is a winged female figure holding a festoon

Scale

bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Cieling for the back room one pair Story at Sir George Colebrooke's in Arlington Street

Signed and dated

1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and violet on laid paper (610 x 458)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Watermark

XD&CB within a cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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