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image SM Adam volume 13/21

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SM Adam volume 13/21


[5] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1769, as executed


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, divided by a fluted frame, and with a central square compartment containing a large circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, containing a central enclosed medallion, encircled by figures supported by urns and tubular flowers, alternating with anthemia and rosettes enclosed within wreaths of calyx which connect to festoons of calyx enclosing segmental tablets around the edge of the circular compartment, and beyond this, in the corners of the central square compartment are rosettes enclosed within fans, and festoons, and the central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing a repeating pattern of oval medallions enclosed within figure-if eight wreaths, flanked by rosettes enclosed within the wreaths, and alternating with rinceaux


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the front Drawing room at No. 1 Royal Terrace Adelphi (verso) some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink, olive green and cerulean blue on laid paper (601 x 424)


Adam office hand, possibly Giuseppe Manocchi, William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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