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image SM Adam volume 12/147

Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/147


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


Plan of a circular ceiling, with a central rosette, enclosed within a fan ornamented with drops of calyx, and circular frames ornamented with enclosed rosettes, poppies supported by wreaths of bell flowers enclosing rosettes, swags, and arabesques, with an apron of festoons of beading and calyx, supporting vesica-shaped medallions enclosed within wreaths of beading, alternating with drops composed of a wreath, calyx, arabesques, and wreath of beading, and terminating in medallions, all supporting bell flower festoons, connecting putti, which flank enclosed anthemia, surmounted by tubular flowers, and supported by winged sphinxes, and with a circular border


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


Cieling for the Circular Dressing Room / at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Square / (and in pencil) Passage above / A pink / [various illegibly feint pencil inscriptions]

Signed and dated

  • 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including olive green and violet on laid paper (340 x 433)


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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