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SM Adam volume 8/129


[1] Alternative rough preliminary designs for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1771, unexecuted


Two alternative plans for a rectangular ceiling. The upper design is ornamented with a repeating pattern of a medallion, enclosed within a lozenge, encircled by an x-shaped compartment containing rosettes and anthemia, connected by drops of calyx, and swags of ribbons, and flanked on the borders by figurative segmental compartments. The lower design is composed of a repeating compartmental pattern, composed of enclosed rosettes and calyx, enclosed within a shaped octagonal frame, flanked by shaped octagons containing lozenges to each side, and flanked by shaped compartments above and below, containing a central enclosed rosette, flanked by arabesques, and the whole is set within a border of Vitruvian scroll


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on sugar paper (348 x 283)


Robert Adam


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