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image SM Adam volume 13/9

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SM Adam volume 13/9


[112] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, executed with alterations in a second floor room


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central elliptical medallion, enclosed within a frame of Vitruvian scroll, encircled by peltoid shields, and drops of calyx connecting to an elliptical frame of figure-of-eight laurel leaves enclosing rosettes, and the drops of calyx continuing past this to support vesica-shaped medallions, and the whole is set within a rectangular frame of guilloche


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at No. 9. Adam Street Adelphi / (and in pencil) Mr Hesse’s Drawing Room / D.Y. East Wing 9th House and some measurements given

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 (513 x 441)


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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