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image SM Adam volume 13/43

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SM Adam volume 13/43


[146] Design for a ceiling for an unknown room in an unknown house, 1774, as executed at 7 or 9 John Street


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central enclosed medallion, within a lozenge-shaped frame, with a tablet containing rinceaux on each corner, supporting winged griffons, and with an apron of ox skulls and swags, and these tablets are connected by festoons of calyx, with an oval medallion at the centre of each festoon


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for House in John Street Adelphi / Cornice / Cornice / Stucco / Stucco medallion and some measurements given in pen and pencil

Signed and dated

  • 29/01/1774
    Janry 29t. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (410 x 323)


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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