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SM Adam volume 11/202


[36] Record drawing for a ceiling for the library, 1766, as executed, but to a different colour scheme


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of alternating masks and rosettes enclosed within lozenges. The central square compartment contains a patera encircled by fluting, Vitruvian scroll, arabesques, calyx, enclosed rosettes, winged half griffons, and lunette-shaped fans, and with rectangular bordering compartments containing arabesques, calyx and urns


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Library at Osterley / (and in pencil in a modern curatorial hand) Complete Coloured copy of this at Osterley / also uncoloured copy / not executed ceiling at / [ _ _ _ _ _ ]

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including yellow ochre, pink and terre verte on laid paper (596 x 405)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with pencil inscription in a modern curatorial hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Stillman, 1966, p. 88
Rowan, 1988, p. 68
Harris, 2001, p. 351
Harris, 2007, p. 106
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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