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SM Adam volume 13/64


[14] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the front drawing room for Lord Scarsdale, 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular tripartite ceiling with a central circular compartment containing a rosette encircled by enclosed anthemia within a diamond, framed by swags, drops of calyx, wreaths, urns, within a curved x-shape arrangement, flanked by oval medallions, griffons and festoons. There are outer lunette-shaped compartments containing urns, arabesques, calyx and anthemia, and with a border of half figures and anthemia. With overdrawn pencil annotations to the central compartment


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the front Drawing room at Lord Scarsdale's in Mansfield Street

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris on laid paper (606 x 425)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 96, and Index p. 42
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 86
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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