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image SM Adam volume 14/13

Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/13

Purpose

[25] Design for a ceiling for the great drawing room (now the portico room), 1776, as executed

Aspect

Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling with a chimney breast shown on one long side. The central square compartment is ornamented with a figurative medallion enclosed within an octagonal fan ornamented with drop calyx and panels depicting putti riding griffins. Beyond this there is a band of enclosed anthemia segmented by lion masks and festoons of beading and of husks, which suspend peltoid shields. All this is enclosed by a band of Vitruvian scroll segmented by four corner tablets depicting putti. The tablet is surmounted by cameos flanked by winged sphinxes, and has an apron of arabesques, pendent oil lamps and festoons. The central compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments, ornamented with medallions set within lozenges, ornamented with tubular flowers, and these in turn are enclosed by a border of calyx and rosettes. Each compartment has a border of fluting

Scale

bar scale of 3 inches to 5 feet

Inscribed

Design of a Ceiling for the second Drawing Room at Apsley House / Window Side / faint pencil notation top and bottom right hand corners

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 5th April 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, olive, pink, cerulean blue and violet on laid paper (608 x 422)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II Index p. 43
Harris, 2001(b), p. 100
King, 2005, p.282
Lea, 2005, pp. 9, 15
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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