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SM Adam volume 12/95


[1] Design for a ceiling for a hall, 1771, possibly executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central panel ornamented with a rosette set within a circular fan embellished with calyx, and this is enclosed within a band of Vitruvian scroll. Beyond this there are rosette roundels enclosed within festoons. There are corner paterae set within semi-circular bands of fluting and bands of enclosed anthemia. The central panel is set within bands ornamented with urns flanked by rosettes and arabesques, with corner rosette roundels surrounded by calyx, and all this is bordered by bands of guilloche


to a scale


Cieling of Hall for Uvedale Price Esq.r (underwritten in pencil) / 95.

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (465 x 377)


Office hand, possibly Giuseppe Manocchi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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