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SM Adam volume 11/32


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


Unfinished plan of a rectangular ceiling, divided by bands of cable moulding. There is a central square compartment containing a central, shaped octagonal medallion, encircled by enclosed anthemia, peltoid shields hung from arabesques and anthemia, and fans, all set within a circular frame of festoons and lion masks, and a circular frame of cable moulding, with a square of cable moulding on each side, containing calyx and a lozenges enclosing a crescent. There is are triangles in the corners of the central square containing enclosed masks, urns, half-figures and rinceaux. The central square compartment is flanked by tripartite rectangular compartments, with a central rectangle containing an oval medallion, enclosed within an oval band of enclosed anthemia and peltoid shields, and an oval frame of festoons and lion masks, and with an enclosed rosette in each corner. The outer compartments contain an enclosed patera and calyx within a lozenge, framed by rosettes and fans, and set within an oval frame of festoons and lion masks, and with an enclosed rosette in each corner


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at Northumberland House / not executed

Signed and dated

  • June 1770
    June 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (571 x 435)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


XDCB within cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Harris, 2001, pp. 96, 344
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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