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SM Adam volume 11/238


[28] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the hall, 1769, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central rosettes, set within an x-shaped arrangement of volutes terminating in anthemia, and containing drops of calyx, and within an oval frame of festoons, from which hangs peltoid shields, all set within an octagonal compartment, and with a compartmental border, divided by bands of cable moulding, with segmental panels containing military trophies in the side panels, and urns flanked by rinceaux in the corner panels, and beyond the corner panels are roundels containing rosettes enclosed within wreaths


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Hall at Newby. The Seat of William Weddell Esquire

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (579 x 456)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
Stillman, 1966, p. 72
Harris, 2001, p. 357
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 263
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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