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image SM Adam volume 8/51

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SM Adam volume 8/51


[3] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769, unexecuted


Rough plan of a detail of a rectangular ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within a shaped octagonal frame ornamented with anthemia, and encircled by eight medallions, and a shaped octagonal frame ornamented with scrolled hearts, and with rinceaux in each corner, and with two details of mouldings below


not to scal

Signed and dated

datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink and terre verte within a single ruled border on laid paper (607 x 443)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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