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SM Adam volume 11/237


[6] Record drawing for the flat rectangular ceilings in the gallery, 1767, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with the ornamentation quarter drawn, with a central rectangular compartment containing an oval patera, enclosed within a fan, rinceaux and urns, and set within a fluted lozenge-shaped frame, with triangles in the corners, containing peltoid shields with rinceaux, and the central rectangular compartment is framed by smaller rectangular compartments, containing urns flanked by winged sphinxes with rinceaux tails, and with L-shaped compartments in the corners, containing three shaped square enclosing rosettes and calyx


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of one of the end rooms of the Gallery at Newby

Signed and dated

  • 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink on laid paper (471 x 438)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, Giuseppe Sacco or JP Laurent


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
Stillman, 1966, p. 79
Beard, 1978, p. 62
Middleton, 1986, p. 53
Harris, 2001, p. 356
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 263
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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