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SM Adam volume 14/26


[15] Design for a ceiling for the dining room, 1778, unexecuted


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, with a canted bay on one long side. The central compartment is ornamented with a central figurative roundel depicting winged putti pulling a chariot. This is enclosed within an oval fan ornamented with arabesques, calyx and rosettes. Beyond this, there is an oval band ornamented with scrolled hearts, formed with a semi-circular band of beading, and enclosing fauna. The band is segmented by corner cameos and has an apron of festoons, with corner wreaths suspending peltoid shields and rosettes. The central compartment is flanked by panels containing a central cameo, flanked by thyrsi surmounted by balusters supporting urns bearing anthemia and winged sphinxes forming grotesques. The canted bay is ornamented with a figurative half-roundel, depicting a reclining figure drawn in a chariot, pulled by a lion bearing a winged putto. This is enclosed within a fan, with a semi-circular band of scrolled hearts beyond. Each compartment is bordered with a band of Vitruvian scroll


bar scale of 1 inch to 2 feet


Cieling for the Dining room at Mistley not executed / 26.

Signed and dated

  • 1778
    Adelphi / 1778-

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (522 x 424)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 249
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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