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SM Adam volume 13/39


[66] Design for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1770, executed at number 8 Royal Terrace


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a large central compartment, containing a medallion, encircled by enclosed anthemia and festoons, and encircled by four enclosed rosettes within square compartments one each side, and this central circular compartment is flanked by segmental compartments, containing segmental medallions, encircled by enclosed by a fan ornamented with anthemia, and between the circular and segmental compartments are triangular compartments, containing winged sphinxes, flanked by medallions, and festoons hung from masks, and the whole is flanked within a rectangular compartments ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and half putti with rinceaux tails, and the whole is enclosed within a border of guilloche


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the front Drawing room at No. 11. Royal Terrace Adelphi

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (596 x 423)


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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