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SM Adam volume 12/7


[1] Design for a ceiling for the hall, 1769, possibly executed


Plan of a square ceiling with a fireplace on one side. The ceiling is ornamented with a central wreath enclosed within overlaid lozenges, and this is bordered with Vitruvian scroll and reed and ribbon. The lozenge compartments are ornamented with urns flanked by arabesques, drop calyx and coronets. The compartments are surrounded by peltoid shields ornamented with rosette roundels, drop calyx and arabesques, and are surmounted by lion and eagle masks. The peltoid shields alternate with circular shields ornamented with masks set within rosettes and bordered by fret and rosettes, and the shields are crossed by military trophies


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Hall at Lord Kerry’s in Portman Square / 7

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (530 x 427)


Office hand, possibly Giuseppe Manocchi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 48
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 167
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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