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SM Adam volume 12/102


[17] Record drawing for a ceiling for the Lady's room over the saloon, 1772, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within a fluted frame, and encircled by roundels enclosed within wreaths of bell flowers, connected to rosettes enclosed within wreaths of bell flowers, and supporting festoons of beading, with lozenges and ovals, and supporting drops of calyx, arabesques and anthemia, and the whole is set within an oval frame of reed and ribbon, supporting anthemia alternating with urns flanked by winged griffons, and with an apron of segmental rosettes enclosed within segmental fans, and within festoons which support peltoid shields, and the whole is set within an oval frame of guilloche, and with an enclosed rosette within a wreath of reed and ribbon in each corner


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Lady's room over the Saloon for The Earl of Bective

Signed and dated

  • 19/11/1772
    Adelphi / Novr. 19t. 1772.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte and pink on laid paper (493 x 418)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1973, note to pl. 33
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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