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SM Adam volume 14/29


[8] Design for a ceiling for Mistley Church, 1776, possibly executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central dome, and apses on the long sides. The dome is surrounded by grotesques, set within compartments, and flanked by panels ornamented with half-putti and arabesques, and square compartments enclosing rosettes. Beyond this, rectangular compartments enclose figurative ovals and anthemia set within lozenges, with rosettes beyond. This is flanked by further panels, ornamented with half-putti and arabesques. Each compartment is bordered by rope moulding. The apses are set behind columnar screens, and are ornamented with bands of rosettes, and part-paterae enclosed within fans. Beyond all this, to the left and right, are plans of the ceilings for the end pavilions, the left-hand side being ornamented with a roundel, enclosed within a rosette and a band of Vitruvian scroll, and a band of festoons


bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Cieling for Mistley Church / 29.

Signed and dated

  • January 1776
    Adelphi January 1776.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (596 x 433)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Plans Sections & Fronts of old & new Church at Mistley-


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 23



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