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Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/51


[43] Record drawing for a ceiling for the great drawing room, 1779, as executed


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling with the short ends forming apses. The central rectangular compartment is ornamented with a figurative oval, enclosed within a fan ornamented with anthemia. This is bordered by calyx, and set within an oval border of enclosed anthemia, interspersed with rosettes enclosed within foil ovals, flanked by festoons. The ceiling corners are ornamented with tablets depicting putti, with aprons of arabesques, tubular flowers and anthemia. The central compartment is flanked by narrow strip compartments, ornamented with a band of contiguous wreaths enclosing arabesques and anthemia. Each of the compartments is bordered with a band of scrolled hearts enclosing calyx, and the apses are ornamented with paterae and a band of guilloche, enclosed within a fan


to a scale


Design of a Cieling for the Great Drawing room at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street- / 51 / (and in pencil) Grey / Grey

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1779
    30. Janry 1779.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including violet, cerulean blue, pink, Indian yellow and olive green on laid paper (578 x 398)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1917, p. 6
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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