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SM Adam volume 5/57


[119] Design for the ceiling for the room on the first storey, c1770, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central rectangular compartment containing a repeating pattern of an oval enclosed within an oval frame ornamented with crockets, alternating with a rosette enclosed within a lozenges, and with rectangular bordering compartments of enclosed patera, and tablets of anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts


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Blue / pink / pink / Center of Ceiling (all in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes of pink, terre verte and cerulean blue on laid paper (340 x 460)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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