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image SM Adam volume 5/61

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SM Adam volume 5/61


[20] Preliminary design for the ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within a fan, encircled by four drops of calyx, and the whole is set within an x-shaped arrangement, and with medallions on each side of the x-shape, and with a bordering L-shaped compartment of rinceaux on each corner, and the whole is flanked by bordering rectangular compartments, with various ornamental additions in light pencil


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Cornice / Cornice / Cornice / Cornice / Diamr / C / B / B / E / E / D / To be painted / (and in pencil) Light Pink / Pea Green / Dark Pink / Light Pink / Light Pink / DP / Light Pink / LP / Not to be Painted and some measurements given in pen

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (390 x 314)


Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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