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SM Adam volume 12/140


[83] Design for a ceiling for Lord Stanley's closet, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of an octagonal ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within a circular frame ornamented with miniature rosettes and beading, and this is encircled by triangles containing alternating fans and enclosed calyx, and the fans support eight medallions, which are enclosed within roundels hung from the alternate triangles enclosing calyx, and are partly composed of tubular flowers, calyx, peltoid shields, and arabesques


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Octagon Dressing room Parlor Story / at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Square / not executed

Signed and dated

  • 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (393 x 288)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




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



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