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  • image SM Adam volume 14/67

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SM Adam volume 14/67


[3] Design for a ceiling for the rear drawing room, 1779


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with an apse, which is mirrored by a shallower apse. The central compartment is ornamented with a figurative oval, set within a band of enclosed calyx and a fan. Beyond this there is an oval band of enclosed anthemia, and festoons suspending cameos, peltoid shields and drop calyx. The apses are bordered by guilloche, and contain fans ornamented with calyx and bordered by bands of enclosed anthemia


bar scale of 4 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Cieling for the Back Drawing room for Stainforth Esq.r in Bedford Square- / 67 (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • August 1779
    Aug.st 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil wash and coloured washes including pink, cerulean blue, violet and olive green on laid paper (443 x 305)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison



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