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SM Adam volume 13/36


[58] Design for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1770, executed at number 10 Royal Terrace


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of guilloche, and with enclosed rosettes in each corner, and with a central square compartment, containing a medallion set within a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, festoons, and encircled by four cameos, and the whole is set within a shaped lozenge, and this within a circular frame of cable moulding, encircled by segmental rosettes enclosed within fans, peltoid shields, and festoons, and with pencil-drawn peltoid shields in each corner, and the central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments, containing enclosed rosettes, alternating with double calyx and anthemia


bar dale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the front Drawing room at No. 9 in the Royal Terrace Adelphi

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (603 x 424)


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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