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  • image SM Adam volume 13/76

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SM Adam volume 13/76


[16] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the back drawing room for Lord Scarsdale, 1772, as executed


Plan of a square ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one wall, with a central medallion encircled by anthemia, Vitruvian scroll, swags, enclosed rosettes, diamonds, within a curved x-shape arrangement, encircled by bell flowers, bows, medallions, peltoid shields, and with half patera on each side, flanked by winged sphinxes and arabesques


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1772
    datable to 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (368 x 336)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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