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SM Adam volume 11/168


[95] Design for the ceiling for the gallery, unexecuted, 1765


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with apsidal ends, divided by screens of two columns, with the soffit ornamented with laurel leaves, and containing a central fan, encircled by five rosettes enclosed by octagons. The central flat is divided into three large contiguous circles, each containing four rosettes enclosed by lozenges, and four roundels, and these large circles are framed by fans, and a border of fret, and dentils


to a scale


1st Cieling for the Gallery at Gawthorpe House (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (518 x255)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Stillman, 1966, p. 103
Mauchline, 1992, p. 77
Harris, 2001, p. 146
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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