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SM Adam volume 12/10


[4] Design for a ceiling for the ante room, 1769, possibly executed


Plan of a square ceiling with a fireplace on one side. The ceiling is ornamented with a central rosette enclosed within a band of calyx flanked by bands of beading, and a band of foil supporting calyx. All this is enclosed within a circular fan ornamented with enclosed rosettes, anthemia, arabesques, and calyx. Beyond this calyx suspend wreaths enclosing cameos


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Anti room at Lord Kerry’s in Portman Square- / Anti Room Parlor Story (pencil) / 10

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, violet, cerulean blue and verdigris on laid paper (461 x 415)


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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