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  • image SM Adam volume 12/8

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SM Adam volume 12/8


[2] Second 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 coat of arms flanked by lion and griffin supporters, and this is set within a wreath surrounded by coronets and enclosed within a lozenge bordered with reed and ribbon. The lozenge compartment is surrounded by arabesques supporting tubular flowers, and this is set within a circular band of fluting. Beyond this there are calyx festoons suspending peltoid shields ornamented with masks and arabesques, and calyx festoons enclosing rosette roundels


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


2.d Cieling for the Hall at Lord Kerry’s in Portman Square / 8

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (583 x 418)


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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