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image SM Adam volume 13/72

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SM Adam volume 13/72


[25] Design for a ceiling for the back drawing room for William Grantham, 1772, as executed


Plan of a square ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one side, and with a central medallion, enclosed within a beaded frame, supporting four calyx and anthemia, and set within a shaped x-shape arrangement, encircled by enclosed rosettes and calyx, and a large wreath of bell flowers, which extends into four wreaths around the edges, and four segmental compartments on each side, and each segmental compartment containing a medallion, flanked by winged sphinxes and swags, and between the segments in each corner are ornamental pedestals, supporting enclosed rosettes within wreaths crossed by thyrsi, and supporting drops of calyx, tubular flowers, and anthemia


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


[ ___ illegible ___ ] Back Room Ceiling (in pencil) / Cieling of the back Drawing room at Mr. Grantham's House Mansfield Street / No 20. ATB (in pencil in the hand of Arthur Bolton)

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (574 x 458)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with addition to inscription in the hand of Arthur Bolton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 96 and Index p. 42
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 86
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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