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image SM Adam volume 13/70

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SM Adam volume 13/70


[26] Preliminary design for the front drawing room for Sir Edward Dering, 1772, as executed


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the long walls, with a central square compartment, containing a central medallion, enclosed within a circular frame ornamented with crockets and miniature rosettes, and within a second, large circular frame ornamented with ovals, and pedestals supporting tubular flowers, and flanked by winged griffons, and with a triangular compartment of rinceaux in each corner, and the central square is flanked by rectangular compartments, containing a repeating pattern of enclosed rosettes, festoons, and swags


to a scale 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of front Drawing room at Sir Edward Derings in Mansfield Street / (and in pencil) Pink / Purple / Green / Light Pink / Green / Purple / Darker Green

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (624 x 445)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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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