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  • image SM Adam volume 14/86

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SM Adam volume 14/86


[88] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room, 1783; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central chimneybreast on one of the short sides, with a central medallion, encircled by a fan of enclosed anthemia, a band of Vitruvian scroll, and festoons which connect to wreaths enclosing paterae, and tablets containing winged sphinxes, and the tablets are connected by a wreath of bell flowers, and with large-scale pencil annotations showing bell flowers on the left-hand side of the sheet


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Ceiling for the 1st Drawing room at Mr Hesse’s House in the Adelphi (underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte and violet on laid paper (564 x 414)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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