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SM Adam volume 11/251


[1] Record drawing for a ceiling for a drawing room, 1768, not known to have been executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a semicircular apse on one of the long sides. The central flat is ornamented with a central roundel encircled by drops of calyx, and enclosed within a lozenge which has a tubular flower at each corner supporting festoons of bell flowers, roundels enclosed within wreaths, vesica, and rinceaux. At each corner of the central flat is an L-shaped compartment of rinceaux enclosed within guilloche, and the whole has a rectangular border of guilloche. The apse is divided by a band of guilloche, and contains a segmental patera enclosed within a fan, and a segmental frame with an apron of festoons hung from bows and rosettes


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of Drawing room for George Thornhill Esqr. / A / B / C / E / D. Brown / L. Green / L. Pink / D. Green / E / L. Green / E / A / E / E / D / D. brown / B

Signed and dated

  • 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (488 x 457)


Adam office hand, probably William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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