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SM Adam volume 11/252


[2] Record drawing for a ceiling for a drawing room, 1770


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with apsidal ends, with a central patera, enclosed within a band of laves, rinceaux, a lozenge-shaped frame of guilloche, and an elliptical frame of reed and ribbon with aprons of festoons of flowers both outside and inside which connect to four roundels containing enclosed rosettes


to a scale


Cieling of Drawing room for George Thornhill Esqr.

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including terre verte and pink on laid paper (438 x 364)


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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