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image SM Adam volume 12/133

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SM Adam volume 12/133


[1] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1773, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a stepped chimneybreast on one of the short sides, and with a central oval medallion, encircled by double calyx, and set within a lozenge-shaped frame of reed and ribbon volutes, terminating in rosettes, and attended by an oval frame of cable moulding, supporting peltoid shields, which connect with the ends of the lozenge with festoons of bell flowers, and with four enclosed urns around the edge, and the whole is enclosed within an oval frame, and a rectangular frame


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Drawing room at Mr. Lyte's in Charlotte Street Bloomsbury

Signed and dated

  • 10/05/1773
    Adelphi / 10t. May 1773.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including verdigris and pink on laid paper (295 x 437)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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