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SM Adam volume 13/19


[129] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room in an unknown house, 1769; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central patera, encircled by a fan of unlobed acanthus leaves, and set within a circular frame, encircled by acanthus leaves alternating with scrolled hearts containing medallions, rinceaux, and anthemia, all set within a fluted circular frame with an apron of festoons and rosettes, attended by four large vesica-shaped compartments containing cameos, rinceaux, and calyx, and within a border ornamented with miniature rosettes, and the whole is flanked by semicircular compartments containing segmental patera encircled by fans of unlobed acanthus, and the whole has a rectangular border of Vitruvian scroll


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Drawing room at No. _ Adam Street Adelphi.

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, olive green and violet on laid paper (572 x 416)


Adam office hand, possibly Giuseppe Manocchi, William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
Rowan, 2007, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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