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SM Adam volume 11/29


[1] Design for the ceiling for the dining room, before 1769, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling divided into square compartments; with a rosette enclosed within an octagon at each corner, and with two compartments containing rosettes enclosed within fans, and the other compartments alternatively containing a rosette encircled by enclosed calyx, set within a square frame with an enclosed anthemion on each side, and attended by an x-shaped frame; or a rosette enclosed within a fan of trefoils, set within a circular frame, encircled by four enclosed anthemia, and attended by an x-shaped frame


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Alnwick (in pencil) / Cieling for Alnwick Castle / A / B / C / D / E

Signed and dated

  • pre 1769
    datable to before 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (533 x 380)


Unknown eighteenth-century hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Harris, 2001, pp. 85, 343
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 262
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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