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image SM Adam volume 12/40

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SM Adam volume 12/40


[9] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the second drawing room, 1770, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central oval medallion, enclosed within a fluted frame, and a band of enclosed anthemia alternating with calyx, and the whole set within an oval frame, which continues into an enclosed rosette on four sides, alternating with miniature enclosed rosettes, and which support festoons of bell flowers, from which hang peltoid shields, and a drop in each corner, composed of anthemia, calyx, tubular flowers, tablets of miniature rosettes supporting winged sphinxes and with aprons of swags, and medallions


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Second Drawing room at The Honble Mr. Hobart's in St. James's Square

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte and pink on laid paper (626 x 462)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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



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