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SM Adam volume 7/203


[19] Design for a ceiling for the cube room, 1763


Plan of a square ceiling with a central rosette encircled by fluting, bows, festoons, enclosed rosettes, and rectangular panels containing griffons


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Square Room at Bowood

Signed and dated

  • 1763
    JA Archt and datable to 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (206 x 253)


James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 192
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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