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image SM Adam volume 13/63

Reference number

SM Adam volume 13/63


[10] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the rear drawing room for John Devall, 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, containing a repeating pattern of a central circular compartment, flanked by semicircular repeats of part of the same composition, and with anthemia supported by tubular flowers, supported by a rosette enclosed within a lozenge, supported by rinceaux between each circular compartment, and the central circular compartment has a medallion, encircled by a fluted frame, festoons, size enclosed rosettes supporting drops of calyx, six segmental compartments containing a tazza flanked by winged griffons, and the whole is set within a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, and a large wreath of calyx


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the back Drawing room at Mr. Devalls House in Mansfield Street

Signed and dated

  • 1772
    datable to 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including verdigris on laid paper (614 x 430)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 83
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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