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  • image SM Adam volume 13/56

Reference number

SM Adam volume 13/56


[4] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the second drawing room, 1771, as executed or executed with minor alterations


Plan of a square ceiling with an apsidal end, with a central medallion, encircled by a band of rosettes amid serpentine ribbon, a fluted frame ornamented with crockets, bows, rosettes, and festoons, from which hang four peltoid shields supported by lion masks, and on each side of the central circular compartment is a square compartment, containing a medallion, and the apse is ornamented with a large patera, encircled by a segmental fan ornamented with double calyx


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the second Drawing room at Chandos House

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink and terre verte on laid paper (563 x 446)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Lees Milne, 1947, p. 121
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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