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SM Adam volume 11/184


[30] Design for a ceiling for the library, 1766, unexecuted


Plan of a square ceiling, with a central shaped octagonal frame of fret, enclosing a rosette encircled by anthemia, a circular band of scrolled hearts, bows, and festoons, and with a rosette enclosed within a fan on each side, and a shaped pentagonal compartment of fret in each corner, containing a figurative lunette, crockets, anthemia, and rinceau, and the whole is within a frame of fret


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Library at Hatch House in Kent, The / Seat of Sir Edward Knatchbull Baronet and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (317 x 418)


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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