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image SM Adam volume 13/69

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SM Adam volume 13/69


[31] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the ante room for Sir Edward Dering, 1772


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the short walls, and the ceiling is ornamented with repeating compartments divided by serpentine bands of ribbons, rosettes, and calyx, with an enclosed rosette, within a shaped octagon, ornamented with anthemia and calyx in each compartment, and with a border of connected enclosed rosettes, and a frame of reed and ribbon


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Anti room at Sir Edwd. Dering's in Mansfield Street

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes of pink and olive green on laid paper (443 x 358)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 86
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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