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image SM Adam volume 14/11

Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/11

Purpose

[8] Design for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1775

Aspect

Plan of a rectangular ceiling with apsidal ends divided by bands of guilloche enclosing rosettes. The central flat is ornamented with a central medallion, encircled by enclosed calyx, and within a circular frame ornamented with crockets, encircled by fans, and set within a x-shape arrangement which terminates at each end with a segmental band of anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts, and the x-shaped arrangement supports a drop of calyx which runs into each corner, with a central medallion, and terminating in a tazza. The apses are ornamented with a patera enclosed within a fan, encircled by a segmental frame ornamented with crockets, and a band of enclosed rosettes within a repeating segmental pattern, and drops of calyx

Scale

bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Cieling of the Drawing room at Anthony Chamier Esqrs at Epsom

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 14t Febry 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and cerulean blue wash on laid paper (552 x 381)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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