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image SM Adam volume 11/98

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SM Adam volume 11/98


[2] Finished drawing for the ceiling of the library, 1763-64


Plan of a compartmental, rectangular ceiling, with a large canted bow, divided into octagons containing rosettes enclosed by fans and a band of Vitruvian scroll, within a large circular wreath, and with arabesques and anthemia outside the wreaths, and with a border of festoons and rosettes enclosed by wreaths


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Library at Audley End

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    Robt Adam Architect 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (477 x 358)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 2
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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