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image SM Adam volume 12/146

Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/146

Purpose

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

Aspect

Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a shallow cove ornamented with putti supported by tubular flwoers, and flanked by calyx, alternating with anthemia, all supported by arabesques, and the central flat is ornamented with an oval medallion, enclosed within oval frames of rosetes, laurel leaf tips, and beading, and within a lozenge-shaped frame of bell flowers, with an apron of drops of calyx enclosed within vesica-shaped wreaths of beading, supporting medallions enclosed within wreaths of beading, connected by festoons of bell flowers, and supported by lion masks, and the whole is enclosed within an oval frame ornamented with beading and foliage, and the central flat has a rectangular border of enclosed anthemia and beading

Scale

bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Cieling for the Bed Chamber. in the one pair Story / at Lord Stanleys in Grosvenor Square / (and in pencil) [ ___ ] Blue / White / White [ ___ ] / Cove [ ___ ] / Frize yellow / [ ___ ] / The Figure of / Night sowing / Poppies to be / the subject of / the Picture in / the Center

Signed and dated

1773.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including olive green and Indian red within a single ruled border on laid paper (447 x 379)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Watermark

LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 70; Index p. 38
Harris, 2001, p. 363
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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