Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [1] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1770, unexecuted


  • image SM Adam volume 8/148

Reference number

SM Adam volume 8/148


[1] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1770, unexecuted


Rough plan of a rectangular ceiling, divided into two compartments by a band composed of enclosed rosettes, scrolled hearts, and lozenge-shaped medallions, and each compartment containing a central oval roundel, one being a rosette, and the other a medallion within a fan, encircled by an oval frame attended by figure-of-eight wreaths, and set against an x-shaped arrangement of foliage


not to scale


Mr Fermors Drawing Room

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (360 x 246)


Robert Adam




For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).