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SM Adam volume 12/143


[14] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the second drawing room, 1773; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central patera, enclosed within a fan ornamented with anthemia, and a shaped octagonal frame, with a rectangular figurative panel on four sides, flanked by drops of calyx, and alternating with segmental compartments containing segmental rosettes, enclosed within fans ornamented with calyx and rosettes, and the whole is set within a large lozenge-shaped frame of foliage, with an oval medallion supported by a swag at each end, and with an apron of festoons, anthemia and enclosed rosettes on each side, and the whole is set within a circular frame of guilloche, beyond which are triangular compartments in each corner, containing cameos, enclosed within wreaths, and flanked by arabesques, and the whole is flanked by rectangular compartments containing a repeating pattern of rosettes enclosed within fans and circular frames, flanked by anthemia, and an x-shaped arrangement of bell flowers, terminating in a rosette flanked by anthemia, and the ceiling has a rectangular border of reed and ribbon


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Second Drawing Room. / at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Square / (and in pencil) [ ____ ] & / Ground [ ___ cropped] / [ _ ] Horse [ ___ cropped] / the Hanging [cropped] / [ ___ ___ cropped] / The Oval [cropped] / [ ___ ] Bays 4 [cropped] / Sea Horses to be [cropped] / Painted

Signed and dated

  • 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes of verdigris and violet on laid paper (562 x 442)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 2001, pp. 286, 362
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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