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  • image SM Adam volume 13/32

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SM Adam volume 13/32


[51] Design for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1770; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within a circular frame ornamented with crockets, and festoons, and encircled by four vesica-shaped compartments containing oval medallions, winged griffons with rinceaux tails, and festoons, and these alternate with drops composed of anthemia, tubular flowers, enclosed rosettes, calyx, and pedestals ornamented with winged sphinxes, connected to triangular compartments in each corner, containing cameos, and festoons, and the whole is flanked by rectangular compartments, containing a repeating pattern of enclosed rosettes and calyx within a lozenge-shaped frame, and enclosed within a wreath, connected by swags to a tazza supported by arabesques


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Front Drawing room at No. 7 Royal Terrace Adelphi. and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (596 x 420)


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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