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image SM Adam volume 12/5

Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/5

Purpose

[9] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the back parlour, 1769, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, with a central medallion, enclosed within a frame of stiff leaf, and encircled by alternating rosettes and fans, enclosed within a circular frame, and an octagonal frame of Vitruvian scroll which extends around the surrounding alternating square and pentagonal compartments, which contain lozenge stucco panels in the square, and oval medallions hung from festoons, and with an apron of rinceaux in the pentagons, and the whole is flanked by drops of calyx hung from bows, and within a border of guilloche

Scale

bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design of a Cieling for the Back Parlor at Colonel Burgoyne's House.

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    Robt Adam Architect 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, terre verte and Indian red on laid paper (603 x 422)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 309
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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