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SM Adam volume 14/87


[29] Design for a ceiling for the vestibule (now part of the billiard room), 1783, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, connected to a further rectangular ceiling by an arch ornamented with cable moulding. The central flat is ornamented with a central rosette, enclosed within a shaped lozenge with a fan in each corner, and encircled by festoons of calyx which are connected to each corner of the lozenge, and form wreaths at each corner containing an enclosed rosette


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the new Vestibule at Nostel

Signed and dated

  • 26/09/1783
    Adelphi 26t Sep 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (466 x 293)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Harris, 2001, p. 356
Sands, 2012, Volume 2, pp. 222-223
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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