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SM Adam volume 14/28


[21] Design for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1778, possibly executed


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, with a canted bay on one long side. The central compartment is ornamented with a figurative oval, depicting putti pulling a figure in a chariot. This is enclosed within an oval fan, ornamented with rosettes and calyx, within a further band of tubular flowers, enclosed within beading forming scrolled hearts. This is segmented by cameos of dancing figures, and has an apron of festoons, which suspend peltoid shields. The central compartment is flanked by panels, ornamented with figurative half-roundels, enclosed within a fan, with a band of calyx beyond. Above this there is a mask, flanked by festoons of beading, which suspend roundels. Each of these compartments is bordered by a band of Vitruvian scroll. The canted bay is bordered by a band of scrolled hearts, and ornamented with a half-roundel, depicting a reclining figure in a chariot, pulled by a lion. This is set within a fan, and a band of tubular flowers enclosed within scrolled hearts of beading. This has an apron of swags, which suspend further roundels


bar scale of 1 inch to 2 feet


Design of a Cieling for the Drawing room at Mistley. / 28.

Signed and dated

  • 1778
    Adelphi / 1778.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris and violet (565 x 442)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 29, 249
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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