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SM Adam volume 14/88


[1] Record drawing for the interior decoration of the drawing room, 1783, possibly as executed


Unfinished plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling articulated by bands of Vitruvian scroll, with a central rosette enclosed by an octagon encircled by festoons, figurative medallions within rectangular compartments, and peltoid shields


bar scale of 5/8 inch to 1 foot


Ceiling of Drawingroom for Charles Barnett Esqr at Stratton near Beagleswade and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • September 1783
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Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including terre verte on laid paper (541 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 253-54
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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