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SM Adam volume 11/250


[4] Design for a ceiling for another drawing room, 1767, unexecuted


Plan of a square coved ceiling, with a circular compartment within the central flat, containing a central rosette, enclosed within a fan, and a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, a shaped octagon ornamented with calyx, bands of cable moulding, and a band of guilloche, part of which encloses rosettes, and with drops of calyx in between, and outside the circular compartment there is a pencil-drawn peltoid shield hung from a lion mask, and the cove is ornamented with pencil-drawn festoons


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room for Sir Fletcher Norton / (and in feint pencil) Light Green / Light Pink / Dark Pink / Light Green / Green / Light Pink / £ / Green

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (453 x 457)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 181
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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