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image SM Adam volume 13/37

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SM Adam volume 13/37


[62] Design for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1770, as executed


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, divided by bands of enclosed anthemia, alternating with calyx, and with a central square compartment with a central medallion, enclosed within circular frames and festoons, encircled by four peltoid shields, and set within a cross-shaped frame, with a drop in each corner, composed of an anthemion, a tubular flower, arabesques, an urn, and a pedestal, all set within an x-shaped arrangement, and with a patera on each side enclosed within a segmental frame ornamented with crockets, and the central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing connected enclosed rosette, with calyx in-between


to a scale


Cieling of the front Drawing room at No. 10 Royal Terrace Adelphi and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (596 x 435)


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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