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SM Adam volume 13/28


[28] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central oval medallion, enclosed within a frame of cable moulding, a fan, a fluted frame, and festoons supporting four peltoid shields, and the whole is set within an oval frame of Vitruvian scroll, and with a border of fret and connected enclosed rosettes, and with a pencil drawn detail of fret to the left-hand side


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the back Drawing room at No. 4. Royal Terrace Adelphi

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and olive green on laid paper (490 x 425)


Adam office hand, possibly 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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