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image SM Adam volume 13/61

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SM Adam volume 13/61


[7] Design for a ceiling for the back drawing room for William Cobbett, 1772, as executed


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, decided by bands of guilloche enclosing rosettes, and enclosed rosettes, with a central square compartment, divided by anthemia enclosed within lozenges, and festoons into a grid of nine circular compartments, with a medallion in the central compartment, peltoid shields in the corner compartments, and segmental tablets and rinceaux in the side compartments, and the central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing an oval medallion, flanked by arabesques, and urns enclosed within wreaths


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the back Drawing room at Mr. Cobbetts House in Mansfield Street. / (and in pencil) Blue / Pink / Green / Blue / Yellow / Green / Pink

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (581 x 434)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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



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