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image SM Adam volume 5/47

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SM Adam volume 5/47


[20] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the staircase, 1772, thought to have been executed


Rough plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, with a central square compartment, containing an oval patera, enclosed within an oval frame of petals, and a fan ornamented with calyx, and encircled by four lion masks enclosed within square, connecting to a segmental rosette in each corner, enclosed within a fan, and with an enclosed rosette flanked by festoons on each side, and the central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing calyx flanked by arabesques


not drawn to scale, but with a bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1772
    datable to 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (401 x 208)


Robert Adam


IV surmounted by a fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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