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SM Adam volume 5/53


[9] Design for a ceiling for the library, c1786, not known to have been executed


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling. The central, square panel is ornamented with a rosette, encircled by smaller rosettes and enclosed by a band of interlacing circles. These circles enclose portrait medallions set within wreaths of vine leaves. Beyond this, there are arabesques and corner quarter-rosettes. The square panel is flanked by narrow border strip panels, one of which is ornamented with a band of anthemia, enclosed within a band of scrolled hearts


to a scale


A / A / A / N.B. the mouldings mark’d A to be extended to the frame round the Cieling as to the dotted line / the medallions to be the English Poets / Cieling to Library Claremont

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (254 x 360)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 139
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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