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image SM Adam volume 11/46

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SM Adam volume 11/46


[143] Finished drawing for the book room, April 1768, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central figurative medallion framed with a fan, and bands of Vitruvian scroll, arabesques and calyx, and coin moulding, with four lunette panels containing arabesques and an urn on each side, and in each corner a square compartment containing a rosette within a fan and a calyx and anthemion in each corner


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieiling for a new / intended Book room / at Kedleston

Signed and dated

  • April 1768
    April (torn) [1768]

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including terre verte, pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (599 x 465)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi with the medallion in a different hand, and the title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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