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image SM Adam volume 13/45

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SM Adam volume 13/45


[147] Design for a ceiling for a first storey room in an unknown house, 1774


Plan of a square ceiling, containing a large circular compartment, with a central patera, encircled by a frame ornamented with Vitruvian scroll, anthemia, a lozenge-shaped frame, bows, festoons of beading, four roundels, and peltoid shields supported by lion masks and calyx


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the one pair Chamber in John Street Adelphi

Signed and dated

  • 21/03/1774
    March 21s. / 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (318 x 348)


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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