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SM Adam volume 11/158


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


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of Vitruvian scroll, and with a border of festoons, bows and rosettes. The central flat has a central square compartment, with a central rosette encircled by a fan, festoons, and a radial pattern of rosettes enclosed by wreathes, within a circular fluted frame, and with rinceaux in the corners. The central square compartment is flanked by tripartite rectangular compartments, with a central enclosed rosette, flanked by rectangles containing rosettes enclosed within lozenges


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Room on the right hand side of the Saloon at Gawthorpe. The Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esqr. and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (573 x 475)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


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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