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SM Adam volume 11/160


[75] Design for the ceiling for the 1st drawing room (now the yellow drawing room), 1765-1768


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, with a central square compartment containing a central rosette, encircled by enclosed calyx, within an x-shaped arrangement, ornamented with festoons, vines, rinceaux, and peltoid shields, and with a border of rosettes enclosed within lozenges, enclosed within circles. The central compartment is flanked by tripartite rectangular compartments, with a central enclosed rosette, encircled by enclosed acanthus leaves, flanked by rectangles containing lozenges, rosettes, calyx, and rinceaux


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the 1st Drawing room at Harewood House (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink on laid paper (477 x 385)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Mauchline, 1992, p. 82
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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