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SM Adam volume 12/9


[3] Design for a ceiling for the dining room, 1769, possibly executed


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling with a fireplace on one short side. The central rectangular compartment is ornamented with a rosette roundel set within a plain oval, and this is alternatively enclosed within an oval fan bordered by a band of fluting, and vines crossed by thyrsi. All this is enclosed within an oval band of reed and ribbon which is alternatively plain and enclosed within a continuous band of wreaths. The compartment is bordered by a band of foil supporting calyx, with corner fans, and a border of lozenges and semi-circles enclosing rosettes. The central compartment is flanked by strip compartments, alternatively ornamented. On the left-hand side there is a central band ornamented with acanthus leaves flanked by wings, and with continuous bands of rosettes enclosed within calyx wreaths beyond. On the right-hand side there is a central thyrsus ornamented with acanthus leaves flanked by wings, with continuous bands of vine wreaths beyond


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Dining room at Lord Kerry’s in Portman Sqaure / 9.

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, olive green, Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (582 x 404)


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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