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  • image SM Adam volume 11/254

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SM Adam volume 11/254


[3] Alternative finished drawing for a ceiling for the great drawing room, 1768, as executed


Plan of a rectangular tripartite coved ceiling divided by bands of scrolled hearts, with a large oval in each compartment of the central flat containing a lozenge and painted roundel. Medallions in the corner of the central compartment, peltoid shields in those flanking; the central oval filled with anthemia, those flanking with four rosettes. The central flat is bordered in the cove with fans and festoons; griffons, winged sphinxes and arabesques below, with medallions on the long sides and rosettes on the short


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Drawing Room at Saltram The Seat of John Parker Esquire

Signed and dated

  • 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and colour washes including pink and terre verte on laid paper (636 x 442)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 27
Beard, 1978, p. 13
Harris, 2007, p. 234
For full literature references see scheme notes.



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