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image SM Adam volume 13/23

Reference number

SM Adam volume 13/23


[11] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1769; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, set within a border of scrolled hearts and rosettes, and with a central rectangular compartment, with a central octagonal medallion, set within a fluted frame, encircled by four small square compartments containing a rosette enclosed within a lozenge, and this is flanked by segmental compartments containing segmental medallions, enclosed within fluted frames, and with a drop of calyx and festoons of bell flowers, and between the central circular compartment and the flanking segmental compartments are triangular compartments containing winged half-figures, and rinceaux


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the front Drawing room at No. 2. Royal Terrace Adelphi and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (601 x 447)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
King, 2001, Volume I, p.84
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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