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SM Adam volume 13/4


[95] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central oval medallion, enclosed within frames of cable moulding, rosettes enclosed within Vitruvian scroll composed of acanthus leaves, and Vitruvian scroll, encircled by rinceaux, and drops of calyx which enclose vesica-shaped medallions, and alternating with segmental compartments containing urns flanked by winged sphinxes, and the whole is set within an octagonal frame of Vitruvian scroll, and with an enclosed rosette in each corner, and with a rough pencil annotation of a ceiling to the right-hand side, inscribed with colours in Italian


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at No. 4. in Adam Street. Adelphi /East Wing D Y cieling (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, cerulean blue, and olive green within a single ruled border on laid paper (515 x 451)


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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