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image SM Adam volume 13/62

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SM Adam volume 13/62


[8] Design for a ceiling for the front drawing room for John Devall, 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the short walls, and with a central medallion, encircled by a fluted frame, a fan ornamented with calyx, a band of Vitruvian scroll, festoons, enclosed rosettes, and this is flanked by medallions enclosed within wreaths, and there is a rosette enclosed within a fan, and a frame of enclosed anthemia in each corner, and there is a border with rosettes enclosed within lozenges and wreaths in each corner, and along the sides is a repeating pattern of urns supported by calyx, alternating with calyx supported by arabesques


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the front Drawing room at Mr. Devalls House in Mansfield Street / in Mansfield Street (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (603 x 430)


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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