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  • image SM Adam volume 13/59

Reference number

SM Adam volume 13/59


[4] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the back drawing room for Joseph Rose, 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a chimneybreast one of the long sides, with a central medallion, encircled by enclosed calyx, and this enclosed by four semicircular compartments with borders of cable moulding, forming a lozenge around the central medallion, and the semicircular compartments are ornamented with medallions, festoons, and segmental compartments containing winged griffons flanking a rosette enclosed within a lozenge, festoons, and swags supporting peltoid shields, and there are semicircular medallions enclosed within semicircular bands of enclosed calyx to either side, and with a border of festoons hung from bows, accompanied by six tablets containing enclosed rosettes, and flanked by acanthus leaves


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the back Drawing room in Mr. Rose's House in Mansfield Street / front no. 7 A.T.B. (in pencil in the hand of Arthur Bolton)

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, terre verte and cerulean blue on laid paper (590 x 421)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with addition to inscription in the hand of Arthur Bolton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 96, and Index p. 42
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 83
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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