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image SM Adam volume 12/104

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SM Adam volume 12/104


[24] Design for a ceiling, possibly for the lobby, 1772, thought to have been executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central enclosed rosette, encircled by a fan of enclosed acanthus leaves, a fluted frame, and a wreath of ivy, which extends on four sides into figure-of-eight enclosing anthemia, and the whole is enclosed within a Greek cross-shaped frame of beading, with a ram mask flanked by swags at each end, and the whole is enclosed within an oval wreath of bell flowers, which extends into a wreath on four sides, enclosing medallions, and this is encircled by an oval frame of reeding, with an apron of swags


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Mr. Baron Grant

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (440 x 365)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 50
Survey of London, 1966, p. 71
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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