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SM Adam volume 11/12


[5] Design for the ceiling for the hall, 1761, as executed


Plan of a rectangular compartmental ceiling, with two pilasters on each of the long sides, divided into large lozenge-shaped compartments containing rosettes encircled by acanthus leaves, and framed by bands of fluting, divided by cross-beams ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and with bosses composed of flowers encircled by unlobed acanthus leaves, and with a border of anthemia


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Hall at Sion and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    Octr 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (642 x 433)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Stillman, 1966, p. 98
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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