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SM Adam volume 11/240


[34] Record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, as executed


Plan of a quarter-drawn rectangular tripartite ceiling, with a central square compartments containing a central medallion within a circular fluted frame, and encircled by festoons, half figures, rinceaux, and vesica-shaped compartments of rosettes and calyx, with alternating squares containing rosettes enclosed by octagons, and x-shaped compartments containing medallions and anthemia enclosed within lozenges, and circles by festoons, with fans in the corners, and a segmental compartment containing an urn flanked by winged sphinxes on each side. The central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing a central medallion enclosed within a wreath, and with anthemia within an octagonal compartment, which is connected to hexagonal compartments, the first of which contains a vesica-shaped medallion, and the second contains half a patera within a fan of fluting, and between the hexagons is rinceaux


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Drawing room at Newby

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian red, pink and terre verte on laid paper (568 x 393)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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



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