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SM Adam volume 1/1


[8] Design showing a longitudinal section through the ballroom, c1765-68, unexecuted


Longitudinal section through the ballroom, with a coved ceiling ornamented with octagonal coffering, and with an central arched recess, screened by Ionic columns, and containing a pedimented door flanked by recesses on the first storey, and this recess is flanked by single bays articulated by fluted Corinthian pilasters, containing sculpture-filled niches, surmounted by rectangular relief panels, and to either side of the room are slightly lower recesses, screened by fluted Corinthian columns, with coved ceilings, and containing pedimented sculpture-filled niches, alternating with apses screened by Ionic columns, and with coffered semi domes, and the apses and niches are surmounted by relief panels


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Signed and dated

  • 1765-68
    date range: c1765-68 (see scheme notes)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (334 x 206)


Possibly James Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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