Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [111] Preliminary design for an unknown ceiling, c1765-78, unexecuted


top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image SM Adam volume 8/88

Reference number

SM Adam volume 8/88


[111] Preliminary design for an unknown ceiling, c1765-78, unexecuted


Plan of a two part ceiling, divided by a screen of two columns, with a square compartment containing a central enclosed rosette, within an oval frame, and encircled by medallions enclosed within wreaths, and rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight wreaths, and with a border of rinceaux, and the other, rectangular compartment of the ceiling contains a central oval fan, and two rosettes, all enclosed within a figure-of-eight wreath


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of a t[ _ _ _ ] room at Harewood

Signed and dated

  • 1765-1778
    date range: 1765-78

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (401 x 330)


Robert Adam



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).