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image SM Adam volume 13/31

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SM Adam volume 13/31


[50] Finished drawing 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 rosette, encircled by enclosed acanthus leaves, and a circular frame, encircled by rinceaux, accompanied by an x-shaped arrangement, and set within a lozenge-shaped frame, encircled by four enclosed rosettes, and the whole is set within an oval frame of Vitruvian scroll, encircled by four corner compartments containing rinceaux and anthemia, alternating with rectangular compartments containing rosettes and calyx enclosed within lozenges, and the whole is set within a border of guilloche


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the back Drawing room at No. 6. Royal Terrace Adelphi / (and in pencil) Mr [ _ _ _ _ _ _]k No 6 and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including olive green and Indian red within a single ruled border on laid paper (511 x 451)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
Rowan, 2007, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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