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image SM Adam volume 35/31

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SM Adam volume 35/31


[161] Finished drawing for the ceiling of the building, 1776, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a projection on one corner for the vestry, ornamented with rosettes, and with a central square compartment punctured by the columns of the gallery, and with a border of guilloche, and containing a central square cove enclosing a dome, and the dome is framed by rosettes, guilloche, lozenges, and Vitruvian scroll


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Ceiling of the Chapel of Mr Topladys Chapel / in the Adelphi (of Mr Topladys Chapel / in the Adelphi in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 5 / 5 / No 6 / these Plans [ _ _ ] 6th with the Book / Mr Toplady’s Chapel

Signed and dated

datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (560 x 460)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 66
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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