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SM Adam volume 11/167


[87] Alternative finished drawing for the ceiling of the 2nd drawing room (now the cinnamon drawing room), 1769


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a deep cove, ornamented with enclosed drops of anthemia, medallions in the corners, and alternative schemes for winged sphinxes flanking a medallion, within and without a lunette frame. The central flat is ornamented with a central oval patera, encircled by enclosed palmettes, and within a rectangular frame of enclosed rosettes, and the ground is ornamented with lozenges of calyx, accompanied by flowers composed of enclosed rosettes encircled by anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts, as executed


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the second Drawing room at Harewood House (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 169

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including olive green within a single ruled border on laid paper (976 x 611)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Mauchline, 1992, p. 137
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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