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SM Adam volume 12/25


[5] Record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1769


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, with a central enclosed patera, encircled by four drops of calyx, and set within a lozenge-shaped frame, encircled by four enclosed rosettes, an oval frame of guilloche, and festoons hung from bows, and supporting four medallions


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Colonel Campbells Drawing room / at Blunham

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes of terre verte, pink, violet and cerulean blue on laid paper (368 x 297)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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