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SM Adam volume 11/181


[23] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the great dining room, 1766, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, with a central square compartment containing a central patera, enclosed by bands of acanthus leaves, enclosed anthemia, and Vitruvian scroll, framed by rinceau, and four rosettes encircled within frames of cable moulding, and the whole enclosed within a shaped x-shape arrangement, with a lunette containing an urn and rinceau one each side. The central compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing rosettes and anthemia within shaped x-shape arrangements


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Great Dining Room at Hatch House in Kent. The Seat of Sir Edward Knatchbull Bart and some dimensions given / (and in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson) Sides exact / Centre altered

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (628 x 455)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 17
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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