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image SM Adam volume 12/108

Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/108

Purpose

[14] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the apsidal third drawing room, 1771, probably as executed

Aspect

Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, and with apsidal ends, ornamented with segmental compartments containing urns flanked by seated figures, set within a segmental border of enclosed urns with calyx bases, which support flowers or fruit, and the central flat is ornamented with a central medallion, enclosed within a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, encircled by festoons hung from tripod urns, and supporting peltoid shields, set within a shaped cross frame of guilloche, with compartments in each corner containing tubular flowers on turned pedestals, flanked by winged griffons with arabesque tails, and the central compartment is flanked by borders composed of three rectangles, divided by guilloche bands, with a central oval medallion, flanked by rectangles containing rosettes and arabesques enclosed within lozenges, with drops of calyx to each side, and a border of miniature rosettes

Scale

bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Cieling for the Drawing room at Mr. Baron Grant's in Soho Square

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    1771.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte and pink on laid paper (608 x 395)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Literature

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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Drawing

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