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image SM Adam volume 13/13

Reference number

SM Adam volume 13/13


[132] Finished drawing for the ceiling for an unknown room in an unknown house, 1770; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central oval patera, enclosed within an oval fluted frame, and encircled by four rosettes enclosed within wreaths, and the whole is set within an oval frame ornamented with alternating anthemia and calyx between acanthus leaves, and this frame is encircled by bows and drops of calyx supporting medallions, alternating with lion masks supporting drops of calyx, rinceaux, anthemia and urns


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling at No. _ Adam Street Adelphi / The Great Oval at A [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] of [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] (in feint pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, and coloured washes including pink, Indian red and olive green on laid paper (445 x 353)


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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