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SM Adam volume 13/38


[64] Design for the ceiling for the back drawing room, 1770, as executed


Plan of a two-part rectangular ceiling, divided by a screen of two columns. The left-hand compartment contains an enclosed oval rosette, set within an oval frame of Vitruvian scroll, rinceaux, festoons of calyx, and encircled by four medallions connected to rinceaux drops which run into each corner, amd the right-hand compartment has a central enclosed rosette, flanked by calyx, and anthemia, enclosed within figure-of-eight calyx, with rinceaux and anthemia at each end


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the back Drawing room at No. 10. Royal Terrace Adelphi / (and in pencil) Cieling for the back [cropped] / 10 House and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (485 x 352)


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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