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SM Adam volume 11/261


[11] Record drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, 1769


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with three large roundels containing a central rosette, enclosed within unlobed acanthus leaves, and with a border of calyx, and these roundels are accompanied by bands containing drops of calyx forming a grid of lozenges, and these lozenges contain anthemia, and some contain a rosettes encircled within enclosed tubular flowers


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Dining room for Sir James Lowthers House at Whitehaven

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, and pink, terre verte and cerulean blue wash on laid paper (693 x 458)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
Harris, 2001, p. 366
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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