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SM Adam volume 14/45


[11] Design for a ceiling for the drawing room, unexecuted, November 1778


Plan of a tripartite rectangular ceiling with a central circular compartment and a lunette compartment to one side. The central compartment contains a circular band of enclosed anthemia containing medallions and a lozenge-shaped compartment


bar scale of 2/3 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at Weald Hall in Essex (in a later hand) / Picture / Picture / Cornice and some dimensions given (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • November 1778
    Adelphi / 15t Novr 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including olive green on laid paper (555 x 399)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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