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image SM Adam volume 12/60

Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/60


[7] Record drawing for a ceiling for the dining room (later the music room), 1773, as executed


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, with a chimneypiece on one of the long sides, and with a central square compartment, containing a central medallion, enclosed within circular frames of rosettes alternating with calyx, and petals, and with octagonal frames of wreaths, arabesques and fans, and with an apron of festoons held by eagles, and connecting a small tablet on each side containing a jug, and the central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments, containing segmental paterae, enclosed within frames of bell flowers, fans ornamented with anthemia and calyx, swags, and a segmental wreath interrupted by oval medallions, and with a small tablet on one side containing an enclosed rosette, and with a fan in the inside corners, and the whole has a border of Vitruvian scroll with foliage


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Dining room at Mellerstain / Light Green / light Green / light green / purple ground / d green / purple / light green / d green / d green / light Green / purple ground / d green / d green / d green / light green / d green / (and in pencil) Pink / green / Light Green / Light Green / Purple / dark Green / Dark Green / Light Green

Signed and dated

  • 07/09/1773
    Adelphi / Sepr. 7t. 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (600 x 400)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
Beard, 1978, p. 48
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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