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SM Adam volume 12/61


[9] Record drawing for a ceiling for the gallery, 1775, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular, compartmental ceiling, flanked by a screen of columns, beyond which are enclosed rosettes framed by connected octagons, and the compartmental central flat contains three large square frames, one of which contains a medallion enclosed within a circular frame of crockets, with a triangular compartment of festoons in each corner, and set within a square of bell flowers, and another square compartment has a central enclosed rosette, within circular frame of crockets and bell flowers, with miniature rosettes enclosed within triangles in each corner, and within a frame of bell flowers and swags, and these square compartments are framed by rectangular and square compartments containing oval medallions flanked by winged griffons with arabesque tails, or enclosed lion masks within wreaths, and the whole central flat has a border of guilloche flanked by bands of festoons (verso) pencil-drawn preliminary version of recto


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Gallery at Mellerstain

Signed and dated

  • 05/08/1775
    Adelphi / 5t / August 1775.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and terre verte wash on laid paper (611 x 346)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


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



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