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image SM Adam volume 12/38

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SM Adam volume 12/38


[8] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the dressing room, 1770, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with apsidal ends, with a central oval medallion enclosed within a fluted frame, and festoons, supporting drops running into each corner, composed of calyx, arabesques, anthemia, and cameos enclosed within wreaths, and to each side is a figure holding the festoons, which is supported by a pedestal composed of winged sphinxes, a tablet containing swags, calyx, tubular flowers, and a bracket ornamented with ram masks and festoons, and the apsidal ends are divided by bands of guilloche, and ornamented with rinceaux and anthemia springing from vases


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Dress'g room at The Honble Mr. Hobarts in St. James's Square

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte and pink within a single ruled border on laid paper (525 x 356)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 49
Survey of London, 1960, pl. 188a
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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