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image SM Adam volume 43/45

Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/45

Purpose

[4] Design for the entrance hall, c1770-78, executed with minor alterations

Aspect

Plan of the ceiling and laid out wall elevations for a rectangular room, with apsidal ends, with three windows on one of the long walls surmounted by rectangular compartments, and rectangular pier glasses, and on the opposite wall there are rectangular compartments, flanked by doors with rectangular overdoor panels, and with an apse in each of the end walls containing three sculpture-filled niches, surmounted by rectangular compartments, and the plan is ornamented with a ceiling design, with a central square compartment containing a rosette enclosed within a fan of enclosed acanthus leaves, circular frames of fluting, a fan enclosing rosettes, Vitruvian scroll, and festoons, and with a peltoid shield in each corner, and this central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing rosettes enclosed within connected lozenges, and beyond are the semi-domes of the apses, and these are ornamented with segmental paterae, enclosed within fans ornamented with anthemia and calyx

Scale

bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Section for Mr Baillie of Jerviswood (in the hand of William Adam junior) / Entrance Hall (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Sumemrson) / and various names of sculpted goddesses written in feint pencil, including Flora

Signed and dated

date range: 1770-78

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (658 x 508)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam junior, and additional inscription in the hand of Sir John Summerson

Watermark

D&CBLAUW IV

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 160
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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