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SM Adam volume 14/69


[1] Record drawing for a ceiling, ND


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling with a central square compartment ornamented with a figurative roundel, and this is surrounded by festoons of beading which suspend tablets containing draped figures. Beyond this there is a band of Vitruvian scroll, and all these elements are set within a curved cruciform compartment ornamented with suspended rosette roundels and drop calyx. The figurative tablets have aprons of calyx festoons and wreaths, and the corners of the square compartment are flanked by quarter paterae. The central compartment is flanked by strip compartments which contain rosette roundels set within a continuous band of circles, with calyx set in between


to a scale


Mr Aislabie Gros.r Sq.r

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (388 x 330)


Office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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