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SM Adam volume 8/102


[1] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1770, unexecuted


Unfinished plan of a rectangular tripartite ceiling, with a central square compartment containing a central medallion encircled by fans and oval medallions, all within a circular frame of cable moulding, and with medallions, half-figures and rinceaux in the corner


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Drawing Room Northumberland House / Cornish (all in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (473 x 343)


Robert Adam




Harris, 2001, p. 344
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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