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  • image SM Adam volume 14/79

Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/79


[2] Record drawing for a ceiling for the great dining room, as executed, August 1780


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, with a central rectangular compartment containing a central medallion encircled by a fan, festoons, sphinxes, a band of guilloche, oval medallions, and with a band of anthemia, and enclosed rosettes to either side. The two bordering compartments are each divided by a screen of two columns, and contain medallions enclosed by wreaths, rosettes within lozenges, arabesques and anthemia


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Great Dining room at Cumberland House

Signed and dated

  • 03-08-1780
    3d August 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and coloured washes including yellow ochre and black on laid paper (425 x 624)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Stillman, 1966, pp. 78, 106
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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