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SM Adam volume 52/139


[13] Preliminary design for alternative ceilings for the Etruscan / octagonal dressing room, c1775, possibly executed


Plan of a circular ceiling with a central figrative medallion enclosed within two alternative designs. On the left-hand side there is a band of vine leaves, segmented by cameos surmounted by urns bearing anthemia and linked by bands of beading. The cameos alternate with winged sphinxes and all this is enclosed within a further band of swags and alternating rosettes and anthemia linked by semi-circular bands of beading. On the right-hand side there is a band of swags and beyond this a further band of fluting segmented by pedestals ornamented with ram masks and surmounted by urns, tubular flowers and cameos. The pedestals are linked with festoons of beading which suspend medallions


to a scale


Two Designs for Etrusca(n) Cielings/ Plinth to C_ _ _ _the Cornice / Door / A / Chimney / B / Door / R _ _ _ _ / Door / Window / Door / One 1/8 part extended from A to B

Signed and dated

  • c1775

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (299 x 411)


Robert Adam


Unrelated pencil design




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