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image SM Adam volume 12/120

Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/120

Purpose

[7] Finished drawing for a ceiling for Lloyds Coffee House, 1772, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan showing the layout of the building and the various ceilings, showing a rectangular building, with a ceiling composed of three groin vaults, connected by bands of barrel vaulting, and with screened barrel-vaulted recesses on each side, a small circular room in each corner, a segmental apse on one of the short ends, and a segmental porch within a bow-shaped colonnade on one of the long ends. The vaults are ornamented with a central patera, enclosed within a fan of petals, and set within a rectangular frame of rosettes, with a fan on each inside corner, and a calyx and anthemion on each outside corner, and the whole is set within a shaped lozenge of anthemia enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbons, and this is framed by festoons supporting a medallion on each side, and the medallions are flanked by winged sphinxes, and with a fan in each corner, enclosed within a border of alternating calyx and anthemia. The barrel vaults connecting the groin vaults are ornamented with rosettes enclosed within alternating connected squares and circles, with rinceaux to each side and borders of scrolled hearts. The barrel vaults in the recesses are screened by columns, and ornamented with alternating compartments of enclosed rosettes encircled by peltoid shields and festoons, and enclosed rosettes encircled by arabesques, calyx, and anthemia, and with borders of Vitruvian scroll and guilloche. All of the barrel vaults end with small apses ornamented with fans. The small circular ceilings in each corner are ornamented with rosettes, two of which are enclosed within fans. The apse is ornamented with a fan, encircled by roundels, drops of calyx, and rectangular panels of rinceaux. The segmental porch is ornamented with a patera, enclosed within a frame of Vitruvian scroll, connected hexagons containing enclosed rosettes, and a border of guilloche

Scale

bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Lloyds Coffee House (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

1772.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and verdigris on laid paper (910 x 606)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, and inscription in a modern curatorial hand

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
The Lloyds log, 1955, p. 10
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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