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SM Adam volume 14/89


[7] Design for a ceiling for the octagonal dressing room, as executed, c1786


Plan of an octagonal ceiling, divided into nine compartments. With a central square compartment ornamented with a figurative roundel, enclosed within an octagonal border, and the corners are ornamented with oak leaves. This is surrounded by bands dividing the compartments, and the bands are ornamented with rosettes, beading, and guilloche enclosing calyx. Beyond this there are four compartments containing fans and a band of calyx, and there are four corner compartments ornamented with figurative cameos and a band of calyx


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(in modern curatorial hand A.T. Bolton, pencil) 89 / 89 / Hon. W.G. Hamilton. / Library. / Marlborough House / Brighton / now Government [_ _ _] offices / A.T.B. / 1923 / see 95 / fireplace / niche / Door / niche / niche / [_ _ _ _] door / niche

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (525 x 357)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, and with inscription in modern curatorial hand, A.T. Bolton


Fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Miele, 1998, p. 160, 163
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 136
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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