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image SM Adam volume 12/107

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SM Adam volume 12/107


[21] Design for a ceiling for the staircase, 1772, thought to have been executed


Plan as Adam volume 5/47, but the central patera is enclosed within an oval frame of laurel leaf tips, Vitruvian scroll, and calyx, and with cameos rather than lion masks, and the segmental rosettes and fans in the corners are enclosed within frames of guilloche and calyx, and the flanking rectangular compartments contain urns rather than calyx flanked by arabesques, and have a frame of guilloche


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Staircase for Mr. Baron Grant.

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (439 x 310)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 50
Survey of London, 1966, p. 71
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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