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image SM Adam volume 13/49

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SM Adam volume 13/49


[137] Design for the ceiling for the front parlour, 1775, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with an apse on one long side, and another apse on one short side, and the central flat is ornamented with a central oval medallion, enclosed within an oval frame ornamented with enclosed anthemia, and the whole is encircled by rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight laurel leaves


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Front Parlor Cieling West corner House of the Terrace Adelphi.

Signed and dated

  • 12/10/1775
    Oct. 12t 1775.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (437 x 397)


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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