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image SM Adam volume 13/2

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SM Adam volume 13/2


[77] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room, 1769; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central rosette, encircled by enclosed acanthus leaves, and set within a circular frame ornamented with arabesques and anthemia, and set within a lozenge-shaped frame of reed and ribbon, framed by oval medallions which are ornamented with anthemia and arabesques, and which alternate with segmental fans, all of which are enclosed within an oval frame of guilloche, encircled by rosettes, bows, festoons, and with a peltoid shield in each corner


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at No. 2. Adam Street. Adelphi / D: Y: East Wing 2 Houses (in pencil) / Durham Yard (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and olive green within a single ruled border on laid paper (492 x 408)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
Rowan, 2007, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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