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SM Adam volume 11/177


[17] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the hall, 1766, as executed


Plan of a rectangular tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of Greek key fret, and with a central square compartment containing a central patera, enclosed by a band of guilloche, and encircled by a frame of Vitruvian scroll, crockets, and shaped rectangular panels to each side containing urns and rinceau, and shaped pentagonal panels in each corner, containing a rosette within a circular frame of cable moulding, and fronds of foliage. The central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments with a central rosette, within a circular frame of cable moulding, and flanked by rectangular frames of cable moulding containing winged half-putti and rinceau


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Hall at Hatch House in Kent The Seat of Sir Edward Knatchbull Baronet and some measurements given / (and in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson) Exact but arms / in centre

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (514 x 356)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 17
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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