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image SM Adam volume 12/100

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SM Adam volume 12/100


[9] Record drawing for the ceiling for the hall, 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central oval patera, enclosed within a fan of leaves, and an oval frame of waterleaf with an apron of festoons and rosettes, and the whole is set in an oval border of anthemia enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbons, wich extends around bordering compartments, with pentagonal compartments in the corners, containing half figures with arabesque tails, and square on each side, containing enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling For Lord Bective's Hall.

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (430 x 374)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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