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image SM Adam volume 13/6

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SM Adam volume 13/6


[102] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, as executed in an unknown room


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, with a central square compartment containing a central medallion, encircled by drops of calyx connecting to a border of arabesques enclosing rosettes, and with an anthemion in each corner, and the central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing cameos alternating with double calyx, which are connected by scrolling acanthus leaves


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Library Cieling for the Drawing room at No. 6. Adam Street Adelphi / (and in pencil) D Y East Wing 6th House / D Yard [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] No 6

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 (483 x 408)


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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