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SM Adam volume 14/2


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


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a segmental bow on each of the long sides, ornamented with a large circular compartment which encompasses the two bows, and has a central medallion encircled by a frame of cable moulding, anthemia, calyx, rosettes, two shaped octagonal frames of beading, a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, festoons, anthemia, calyx, and oval medallions, and with a border of scrolled hearts, and anthemia enclosed within figure-of-eight wreaths, and this border is coloured to show two alternative colour schemes


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at Great Saxham House / Cieling is [cropped] (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • January 1775
    Adelphi / 9t Janry 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte, red, and Indian yellow on laid paper (459 x 450)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 179
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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