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SM Adam volume 14/77


[22] Record drawing for the ceiling for the music room, as executed, 1780


Plan of a rectangular tripartite ceiling, with a central oval compartment containing a medallion, encircled by enclosed anthemia, beading, bows, peltoid shields, musical trophies, anthemia, and enclosed rosettes, and with a border of enclosed anthemia and lunette-shaped panels, and with bordering compartments containing musical trophies, lozenges and anthemia, as executed


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Music room at Cumberland House

Signed and dated

  • August 1780
    August 21t 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including olive green and violet on laid paper (399 x 574)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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