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image SM Adam volume 13/10

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SM Adam volume 13/10


[116] Design for the ceiling for an unknown room, 1769; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, containing an oval compartment, with a central elliptical medallion, encircled by an elliptical frame ornamented with alternating anthemia and calyx, and a band of calyx enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbons, and the whole is encircled by an oval frame of reed, ornamented with jugs alternating with rosettes enclosed within wreaths, and with an apron of swags


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling in the 10t. House Adam Street Adelphi

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (442 x 342)


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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