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SM Adam volume 8/103


[33] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, roughly as executed


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, with a central square compartment containing a central medallion, enclosed by festoons, and arabesques, within an x-shaped arrangement, with a rosette enclosed by an octagon in each corner, and encircled by lozenge enclosing medallions, and the central square compartment is flanked on each side is a segmental figurative panel, and at each end by rectangular compartments containing guilloche, and rosettes enclosed by octagons


not to scale


Drawing Room for Wm Weddell Esqr / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ]

Signed and dated

  • 21/07/1769
    [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] 21 July 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (288 x 418)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
Beard, 1978, p. 61
Harris, 2001, p. 357
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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