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  • image SM Adam volume 11/57

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SM Adam volume 11/57


[118] Record drawing for the ceiling of the music room, 1761, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central flower within a circular compartment, flanked by a half octagon panel to either side. The ceiling is ornamented with rosettes, festoons, arabesques, calyx and anthemia


to a scale


Musick room Ceiling for Kedleston

Signed and dated

  • 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (441 x 303)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 14
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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