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image SM Adam volume 13/47

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SM Adam volume 13/47


[134] Design for the ceiling for the back drawing room, 1774, executed at number 2 Robert Street


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central rosette enclosed within a fan of leaves, encircled by miniature rosettes, an oval frame of Vitruvian scroll, anthemia, a lozenge-shaped frame with an anthemion on each corner, bows, and drops of calyx connecting to medallions and urns, and the medallions are connected by festoons of beading


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the one pair Chamber corner of Robert Street Adelphi / Stucco Medallion

Signed and dated

  • 04/04/1774
    4t. April / 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (440 x 327)


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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