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SM Adam volume 14/50


[19] Record drawing for a ceiling for the second drawing room, 1778, as executed


Plan of a square ceiling with a central roundel enclosing a rosette, encircled by a fan ornamented with calyx and a band of rosettes, and bordered by husks. Beyond this, the ceiling corners are ornamented with figurative tablets, which are surmounted by ornamental fountains flanked by swans, and have aprons consisting of pendent peltoid shields and flora. In between the tablets there are lozenges enclosing rosettes, and all this is linked with festoons of beading. The ceiling is bordered by a band of compartments ornamented with masks flanked by swans all enclosed within wreaths, and alternating with compartments containing foil roundels enclosing rosettes


to a scale


Cieling for the second Room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill street / 50

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1778
    Dec.r 1778-

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris on laid paper (450 x 355)


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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