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SM Adam volume 14/75


[36] Preliminary design for the ceilng for the eating room, 3 August 1780, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, divided into nine octagonal compartments. The central compartment contains an oval medallion, encircled by a fan. In the side compartments are rectangular panels containing royal and military iconography, and in the corner compartments are enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Eating room Cumberland House / (and in pencil) / Cieling of Eating room Cumberland House / L Green / Light Green / Dark Yellow / Light Green / Light Green

Signed and dated

  • August 1780
    3d August 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (415 x 602)


Adam office hands, possibly Robert Morison or Robert Adam, with title inscription by Robert Adam


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



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