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SM Adam volume 11/58


[55] Record drawing for a ceiling for a garden building, March 1770, unexecuted


Plan of a compartmental barrel-vaulted ceiling with an apse on either end. The central flat is divided into nine compartments. The central three compartments contain oval panels with medallions, and the outer compartments contain enclosed rosettes, and octagons enclosing urns, and the central flat has a border of festoons. The seven-part apse heads are ornamented with cameos


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for a Garden Building at Kedleston (in the hand of William Adam) (and in feint pencil) Garden Seat / Painting / Brown Ground / Brown Ground

Signed and dated

  • March 1770
    March 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washed including verdigris and pink on laid paper (509 x 362)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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