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  • image SM Adam volume 12/36

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SM Adam volume 12/36


[10] Record drawing for the ceiling drawing room, as executed, July 1772


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a chimney breast, divided into three compartments and ornamented with inset medallions, fans and bands of enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Drawing room at Bolton House

Signed and dated

  • July 1772
    Adelphi / 28t July 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and coloured washes including verdigris on laid paper (426 x 667)


Adam office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 48
Harris, 1995, pp. 71-72
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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