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image SM Adam volume 14/14

Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/14

Purpose

[39] Design for a ceiling for Lady Bathurst's dressing room / third drawing room, 1775, possibly executed

Aspect

Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling with a chimney breast on one long side. The central square compartment is ornamented with a central medallion, with borders of enclosed flora and Vitruvian scroll. All this is set within a lozenge ornamented with corner fans. Beyond this there are festoons and a further band of beading, segmented by four medallions. This is encircled by a band of calyx enclosed within wreaths and a further band of calyx. The corners of the compartment are ornamented with further fans. The central compartment is flanked by narrow strip compartments, ornamented with rosettes set within roundels and calyx. Each compartment is bordered by a band of Vitruvian scroll

Scale

bar scale of 3 inches to 5 feet

Inscribed

Design of a Ceiling for the third Drawing Room or Lady’s Dressing Room at Apsley House / Windows for End

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes, including olive green, pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (558 x 429)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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