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image SM Adam volume 13/15

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SM Adam volume 13/15


[118] Design for the ceiling for the coffee room on the ground storey, 1770, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central rectangular compartment ornamented with a repeating pattern of vesica-shaped medallions, encircled by four anthemia, and set within a lozenge-shaped frame, and flanked by enclosed rosettes, and with semicircular compartments around the edge containing urns flanked by winged griffons, and with bordering rectangular compartments ornamented with rosettes enclosed within fans, alternating with connected enclosed rosettes


to a scale


Ceiling of the Coffee room at the Adelphi Tavern and various elements numbered in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (785 x 459)


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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