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SM Adam volume 14/49


[4] Record drawing for a ceiling for the first drawing room, as executed, 1778


Plan of a rectangular ceiling ornamented with a central figurative roundel, enclosed within a fan and bordered with festoons. This is enclosed within a band of vine forming a lozenge, and there are corner fans enclosing anthemia. All this is enclosed within a further band ornamented with half-rosettes, forming an oval. Beyond this there are cameos, and an oval border of husks. The ceiling corners are ornamented with figurative roundels enclosed within wreaths of husks, with arabesques set between


to a scale


Cieling for the first room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street / 49 / faint pencil inscription

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1778
    Dec.r 1778-

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, violet, pink, and Naples yellow on laid paper (450 x 304)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1917, p. 2
Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 304
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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