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SM Adam volume 11/30


[16] Record drawing for the ceiling for the circular banqueting room, 1770, thought to be as executed


Plan of a 1/8 detail of a circular ceiling; with a central roundel enclosed by a patera of stiff leaf and beading, encircled by a band containing alternating acanthus leaves and fans of trefoils surmounted by an anthemion; and this is framed by a band of quatrefoils and a lion mask. Beyond this is a wide band containing paterae enclosed within vesica-shaped fans of trefoils, alternating with large quatrefoils enclosing putti, and with anthemia between the fans at one end, and with anthemia, rosettes and laurel leaves between the fans at the other end. The whole is enclosed within a frame composed of bands of lozenges, and a band of quatrefoils enclosed within vesica-shaped compartments, alternating with enclosed rosettes flanked by calyx and rosettes; and with a pencil-drawn detail of this design in the bottom right-hand corner


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Circular room at Alnwick

Signed and dated

  • January 1770
    Janry 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including terre verte, pink, cerulean blue, and Indian red on laid paper (413 x 577)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Harris, 2001, pp. 91, 93, 344
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 262
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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