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SM Adam volume 11/89


[8] Finished drawing for a ceiling for a garden pavilion, 1762, possibly executed


Plan of a circular ceiling, with a central rosettes, enclosed by a fan, a circular band of Vitruvian scroll, a fan of figurative tablets, and a band of anthemia and urns, enclosed rosettes, and festoons


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Ceiling for the Circular Room / N.B. This ceiling would answer extremely well, if the mouldings were seen in Stucco & Gilt, & the Figures & c painted / for Lord Melcombe's Garden Building (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (342 x 338)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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