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SM Adam volume 11/170


[98] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the gallery as executed, 1769


Plan of a rectangular, compartmental ceiling, with five octagons containing cameos enclosed within fans and rinceaux, set within x-shaped arrangements containing rinceaux, and drops of calyx, and the x-shaped compartments alternate with vesica-shaped medallions, enclosed by an elliptical frame of enclosed rosettes, and with a border of rectangular figurative panels, with an apron of festoons and bows, and surmounted by urns flanked by winged griffons, alternating with crosses, containing guilloche enclosing rosettes, as executed


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Gallery at Harewood House (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including terre verte on laid paper (1186 x 438)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, title inscriptions 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
Harris, 2007, p. 87
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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