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image SM Adam volume 8/83

Reference number

SM Adam volume 8/83

Purpose

[1] Preliminary designs for a ceiling for an unknown room, 1772, unexecuted

Aspect

Rough plans for a square ceiling, and a rectangular ceiling. The square ceiling has a central enclosed rosette, within an octagonal frame, encircled by festoons, and rosettes enclosed within squares alternating with oval medallions, all set within a shaped lozenge-shaped frame, and a circular frame ornamented with enclosed rosettes and festoons, and with a fan in each corner. The rectangular ceiling is divided into two parts, with a square, and a rectangle. The square contains an enclosed rosette, within lozenge-shaped and circular frames, encircled by tablets set within an x-shaped arrangement, with a lozenge enclosing a rosette on each side, and the whole is encircled by festoons, and the corner festoons contain tablets and swags, and the rectangular compartment contains an oval medallion, flanked by swags, and with a large fan in the two top corners

Scale

not to scale

Inscribed

Sketch for Lord Delaware

Signed and dated

  • 1772
    datable to 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (302 x 393)

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

LVG and a bell surmounted by a lion rampant

Literature

For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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