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image SM Adam volume 12/139

Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/139


[80] Design for a ceiling for Lord Stanley's dressing room, 1774; it is not known of this design was executed


Plan of a square ceiling, showing alternatives for the ornament, with a central medallion, enclosed within a lozenge-shaped frame, and a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, enclosing four winged sphinxes, and with an apron of vesica-shaped medallions, enclosed within squares on one side, and enclosed rosettes hung from arabesques, all connected by a large circular wreath of poppies, and with segmental compartments in each corner, two of which contain segmental rosettes enclosed within a fan ornamented with anthemia, and the other two contain peltoid shields and double calyx hung from festoons


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Bed Chamber Parlor Story at Lord Stanleys / in Grosvenor Square / not executed

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    Adelphi / 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (420 x 341)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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