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image SM Adam volume 11/155

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SM Adam volume 11/155


[90] Design for a ceiling for the great staircase, 1769, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central oval compartment, containing an enclosed rosette, framed by a fan, and a lozenge-shaped frame of Vitruvian scroll, and four calyx, with an enclosed rosette at each end, and an enclosed half rosette at each side, within an oval and cusped frame, and accompanied by four arrangements arabesques and tubular flowers


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Great Staircase at Gawthorpe House in Yorkshire The Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esquire

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (454 x 288)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


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



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