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SM Adam volume 14/54


[100] Record drawing for a ceiling for the octagonal vestibule, 1779


Plan of an octagonal ceiling, with four niches, and four arched recesses, ornamented in an Etruscan style, with a central octagonal compartment containing a rosette, encircled by a fan enclosing anthemia, and the cove is ornamented with festoons, masks, peltoid shields, and lunette-shaped compartments containing medallions, winged putti, festoons, birds, and anthemia enclosed within shields. The niche heads contain paterae and enclosed anthemia, and the soffits to the arched recesses are ornamented with bands of foliage


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Vestible under the Steps at Osterley / (and in pencil) Sketch of a part of / this Cieling / Mme Kauffman

Signed and dated

  • September 1779
    Sepr 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including cerulean blue, sepia and yellow ochre on laid paper (319 x 433)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 2001, p. 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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