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SM Adam volume 11/157


[71] Design for the soffit of the portico, 1767


Plan of a tripartite ceiling divided by the columns of the portico. Each rectangular compartment centres on a rosette enclosed by fluting. In the central compartment this is encircled by a fluted octagonal frame, and in the outer compartments it is encircled by fluted rectangular frames


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Portico at Gawthorpe (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (465 x 316)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Harris, 2007, p. 85
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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