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SM Adam volume 11/262


[9] Record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1769


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of guilloche; with rectangular panels containing rosettes enclosed within lozenges, and arabesques, and square panels containing rosettes enclosed within fans. The central square compartment of the ceiling contains a rosette, encircled by a fan, enclosed anthemia, a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, and four radiating vesica-shaped compartments, containing fans, and dolphins with arabesque tails, and between the vesicas are military trophies enclosed within segmental fluted frames. The central square is flanked by rectangular compartments, with rosettes enclosed within fans, stiff leaves, a frame of Vitruvian scroll, and vesicas containing fans, arabesques, and cameos, and with military trophies between the vesicas, but these are not enclosed within segmental frames


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at Sir James Lowthers at Whitehaven / (and in feint pencil) Light Green / Blue / Light Pink

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, olive green, and cerulean blue on laid paper (696 x 456)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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