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image SM Adam volume 8/25

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SM Adam volume 8/25


[73] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the great dining room, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed


Rough plan of a rectangular ceiling with apsidal ends, and with a large central oval compartment, containing a central oval patera, enclosed within a fan, and a frame of fluting, encircled by festoons, enclosed rosettes, four shaped rectangular figurative tablets, supporting segmental fans, and alternating with vesica-shaped medallions enclosed within wreaths (verso) rough pencil-drawn plan of an alternative ceiling (the design is reminiscent of that for the hall at Kenwood


not to scale


Great Parlour Ld Stanley

Signed and dated

  • April 1774
    datable to April 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (188 x 291)


Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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