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SM Adam volume 12/11


[5] Design for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, possibly executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a fireplace on one long side. The ceiling is ornamented with a central patera enclosed within a lozenge bordered with reed and ribbon, and this is crossed with an oval bordered by guilloche, and scroll work terminating in rosettes. The lozenge is ornamented with compartments enclosing acanthus leaves, and beyond all this there are rosette roundels and drop calyx surrounded by festoons. All this is surrounded by concave bands of calyx, segmented by lozenges enclosing rosettes, and linking tablets. The tablets are ornamented with rosettes and calyx enclosed within scrolled hearts, and are surmounted by arabesques, cameos depicting urns and sphinxes


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room Parlor Story at Lord Kerry’s in Portman Square (underwritten in pencil) / Drawing Room Cieling Parlor Story Lord Kerry (pencil) / 11 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including olive green, violet and pink within a single ruled border on laid paper (467 x 382)


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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