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  • image SM Adam volume 12/76

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SM Adam volume 12/76


[3] Record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1770, as execited


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of scrolled hearts, with a central square compartment containing a central medallion, encircled by a fan of stiff leaf, and circular frames of guilloche, and acanthus leaves enclosed within figure-of-eight laurel wreaths, with a tablet on each side containing a half figure with arabesque tails, connected by bell flowers, which support a wreath of bell flowers in each corner, enclosing an urn, and supporting arabesques and peltoid shields, and the central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing oval medallions, enclosed within a fan of stiff leaf, and oval frames of guilloche and acanthus enclosed within figure-of-eight laurel wreaths, and to each side a the same tables, connected to the sides of the compartments by ribbons forming an octagon, beyond which is a portrait medallion in each corner


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for Mr. Farmer's (sic) Drawing Room / A Light Pink / B Light Green / C Dark Brown / D Dark Green / E Dark Red / A / A / A / B / B / A / A / C / D / E / (and in pencil) Tusmore / Oxfordshire / 16 Oct 1766-1770 Shell / [ ____ ] / Robert [ ____ ] / [ ____ ]

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (630 x 404)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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