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SM Adam volume 11/106


[17] Finished drawing for a garden pavilion, 1764, unexecuted


Plan of a circular ceiling within a circular building, containing a central patera encircled by a fan, bell flowers, rosettes, cable moulding, arabesques, medallions and urns, the whole encircled by the ceilings for other small spaces: four quadrilatral, screened by two columns, and ornamented with octagonal coffering enclosing rosettes; one circular, containing a central patera encircled by festoons, a fan, and rosettes; one elliptical, containing a central enclosed patera encircled by reed and ribbon, bows, swags, drops of calyx, and rosettes enclosed within wreaths; one rectangular, containing a central rosette encircled by a fan, and within a rectangular compartment framed by arabesques, calyx, anthemia and rosettes; and one hexagonal, containing a central rosette encircled by fluting, calyx, peltoid shields, and arabesques


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


Cieing for the Temple

Signed and dated

  • 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (454 x 615)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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