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  • image SM Adam volume 12/85

Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/85


[14] Record drawing for a ceiling for the bed room, 1771, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular coved ceiling, with an apse on one of the short sides. There is a central flat ornamented with a central square compartment, containing a patera, encircled by anthemia and arabesques of acanthus, set within an octagonal frame, encircled by tablets of urns and arabesques, and festoons supported by urns and anthemia, which connect to four oval medallions, and a small rosette enclosed within a lozenge in each corner. The central square compartment has apsidal ends, containing segmental rosettes, enclosed within a fan of drops of calyx and anthemia, and with a triangular compartment in each corner containing a winged sphinx, with a tail of arabesques, and supporting a thyrsus(?) on her head. The cove is ornamented with anthemia supported by calyx and arabesques, articulated by drops of calyx supporting fans


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Bed Chamber at Sir George Colebrooke's in Arlington Street / a duplicate / Bed Chamber (in pencil) and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including olive green and pink on laid paper (595 x 426)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


XD&CB within a cartouche


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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