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SM Adam volume 11/183


[31] Design for a ceiling for the parlour, 1766, unexecuted


Plan of a square ceiling, with a large shaped octagonal frame of Vitruvian scroll, with a central rosette, enclosed within a band of cable moulding, and encircled by rosettes, double calyx, a small shaped octagonal frame of fluting, festoons, bows, enclosed rosettes, and another shaped octagonal frame of cable moulding, and with a segmental compartment on each side containing a tubular flower and rinceau, and a triangular compartment in each corner containing rinceau


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Parlor at Hatch House in Kent

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (316 x 400)


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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