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SM Adam volume 13/50


[136] Design for the ceiling for the back drawing room, 1775, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with an apse on one long side, and another apse on one short side, and each apse is ornamented with a segmental patera, encircled by a frame of enclosed anthemia, and the central flat is ornamented with a medallion, encircled by four calyx, a lozenge-shaped frame, an oval frame ornamented with calyx, crockets, and an apron of festoons connecting to rosettes enclosed within wreaths, and drops composed of calyx, wreaths, rosettes, tablets containing masks flanked by swags, and tubular flowers


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Drawing room Cieling west wing corner of the Terrace Adelphi / (and in pencil) White / Straw / Straw / Green / Dark purple / Green / Straw / Straw / A / A / Blue / Purple

Signed and dated

  • 01/02/1775
    Febry 1st. 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes of terre verte and violet on laid paper (431 x 369)


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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