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SM Adam volume 12/99


[7] Design for the ceiling for the hall, 1772, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central oval patera, enclosed within a fan of petals, and an oval fluted frame, and an oval moulded frame with an apron of festoons and rosettes, within an oval frame of cable moulding, connected to drops of calyx supporting peltoid shields in each corner, and with an enclosed urn on each side, set within a rectagnular frame of cable moulding, and the whole is flanked by rectangular border panels of drops of acanthus leaves, and a border of cable moulding


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Hall for The Earl of Bective / not right / A duplicate / Hall Cieling for Lord Bective (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 12/02/1772
    Adelphi / 12t. Febry 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (342 x 460)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1973, note to pl. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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