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image SM Adam volume 11/248

Reference number

SM Adam volume 11/248

Purpose

[1] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1767, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with an apse on one of the long sides, and arches on the short sides. The apse is ornamented with a patera, enclosed within a band of unlobed acanthus leaves, a segmental frame of cable moulding, a fan ornamented with calyx, and with a border of rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbons. The arches to either side are ornamented with fret, calyx, and cable moulding. The central flat is tripartite, divided by bands of rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbons, with a central square, containing a medallion, enclosed within bands of Vitruvian scroll and laurel leaf tips, a fan ornamented with anthemia, and panels containing half putti, and further bands of laurel leaf tips, and guilloche, and with anthemia enclosed within wreaths, flanked by rinceaux to each side, and the whole enclosed within a square frame of fret. At each corner of this frame is a composition of rinceau, anthemia, and an urn, and between these is a segmental panel enclosed within a fluted frame, containing sphinxes with rinceaux arms, flanking an enclosed rosette. The central square is flanked by rectangular compartments ornamented with squares containing rosettes enclosed within fans, flanking a rectangular compartment containing rosettes enclosed within alternating hexagons and squares

Scale

bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design of a Cieling for the Drawing Room of Sir Fletcher Norton Baronet at Guildford in Surry

Signed and dated

Robt Adam Architect 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (595 x 439)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 181
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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